Pennsylvania Senate Sends a Strong Message Against Public Funding of Abortion

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Senate has a message for the Obama Administration:  The Keystone State wants to opt out of abortion funding under President Obama’s health care law.

The state Senate on Tuesday by a 37-12 vote passed Senate Bill 3, a common sense piece of legislation which would ensure that Pennsylvania is not forced into the abortion business as a result of so-called health care reform. The Senate sponsor is Sen. Donald White. The measure now goes to the House Health Insurance Committee, chaired by pro-life Rep. Nick Micozzie.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, applauded the passage of Senate Bill 3.

“Congress said states have the right to opt out of abortion coverage and we want to ensure that for the state of Pennsylvania.  This continues Pennsylvania’s long-standing policy of not using government resources for abortion,” said Charlene Bashore, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that 67 percent of the Americans surveyed opposed funding abortion with federal funds under the health care law.

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