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Bill would basically declare open season on preborn babies in Pennsylvania

by | Dec 14, 2023

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

A hearing this week in Pennsylvania showed the lengths the pro-abortion side will go to in order to try to expand abortion up to the moment of birth.

The pro-abortion Democratic chair of the PA House Judiciary committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1888—an extreme proposed Constitutional Amendment which would wipe out legal protections for preborn babies, minor girls, and women.

Interestingly enough, the committee denied a rabbi the opportunity to speak against the bill, citing rules which permit only one opposition testifier at a public hearing.

That opposition testifier was attorney Elizabeth Kirk, whose insightful remarks led one state lawmaker to hail her as a “rock star.” Kirk pointed out that, under the sweeping legislation, born-alive legal protections for babies in Pennsylvania could be vulnerable. Minors could also have an “absolute right to abortion,” negating parental consent provisions. She also noted that, if approved, the Amendment would result in extensive, expensive litigation.

This bad Amendment would also eliminate protections against abortion for unborn children in the later stages of pregnancy. (Pennsylvania law does offer an exception for life of the mother and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.)

So the bill would basically declare open season on preborn babies in the Keystone State. At one point, the minority chair, Republican Rob Kauffman, held up a fetal model depicting an unborn baby at 22 weeks in utero. The fully-formed model featured arms, legs, fingers, and toes. Rep. Kauffman pointed out that, when he was growing up, the refrain was that abortion be “safe, legal, and rare.” But he said that was obviously no longer the case for abortion advocates.

In order to be placed on the ballot, the proposed Constitutional Amendment would have to pass the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the state Senate in two consecutive sessions. The time to defeat this bad bill is now, before it gains any traction.

Action Item: If you live in Pennsylvania, please contact your state lawmakers and urge them to oppose House Bill 1888. You can send an immediate message here: .     

Categories: State Legislation