Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Planned Parenthood Statement on SB732

from the inbox:

Earlier today, in what is part of a recent onslaught of legislative attacks on women’s health, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to further restrict abortion. Senate Bill 732 passed with dangerous language that requires free-standing abortion providers that perform abortions after 9-weeks gestation to be regulated as Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (ASF) under Pennsylvania law. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

“Abortion is already a highly-regulated procedure in Pennsylvania,” said Dayle Steinberg, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. “The health and safety of women in Pennsylvania now lies in the hands of the Pennsylvania House and Governor as this bill continues on.”

Currently in Pennsylvania, abortion providers must comply with a comprehensive list of laws and regulations that are enforced by the Department of Health. Existing regulations include Ambulatory Gynecological Surgery in Hospitals and Clinics, the Abortion Control Act, the MCARE Act, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Yet supporters of the legislation falsely claim more regulation is needed. Steinberg countered, “Restricting facilities that are currently operating safely in Pennsylvania to the point where they will be forced to shut down only jeopardizes patient safety.”

“Enacting these types of laws will only cause a public health crisis in Pennsylvania,” Steinberg said. “It could cause the cost of a procedure to rise drastically or force safe providers to close their doors, leaving women to risk their lives by seeking care from disreputable, unlawful providers.”

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