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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2019 03:59 PM
From: Senator Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Repeal of Ambulatory Surgical Facility Requirements for Abortion Facilities (Act 122 of 2011)
Soon I will re-introduce legislation to repeal Act 122 of 2011, which required abortion providers in Pennsylvania to comply with the same requirements as Pennsylvania's "Ambulatory Surgical Facilities."

In 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Whole Women's Health vs. Hellerstedt that the Ambulatory Surgical Facility requirement in Texas is an unconstitutional burden on women's access to abortion. This ruling affects Act 122 of 2011, as it is substantially similar to the law struck down in Texas. Therefore, I offer this bill to repeal that requirement, bringing Pennsylvania law in compliance with the requirements and limitations of the United States Constitution.

This bill was known as Senate Bill 210 during the 2017-2018 session. It was cosponsored by Senators Farnese, Street, Schwank, Hughes and Haywood.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

If you have questions about this legislation, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Introduced as SB189