Krueger-Braneky: House Bill 1948 represents egregious attack on women’s reproductive health

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, issued the following statement today lambasting passage of H.B. 1948, legislation that would give Pennsylvania the most restrictive abortion law in the country:

“This attack on female reproductive health is not only an embarrassment to the entire state of Pennsylvania but, more importantly, it puts the health of our pregnant women at significant risk with no input from doctors and the medical community.

“This is another example of politicians inserting themselves in the very personal relationship between an expecting mother and her doctor. Apparently, some must be reminded that the job of a doctor is to provide the medically proven safest course of action for their patients, and this legislation takes away a proven, safe and widely-accepted option for their prenatal care.

“House Bill 1948 is so poorly written that it provides no exception for rape or incest. It provides no exception for tragic fetal anomalies incompatible with life. All it does is take away a women’s right to decide what is medically best for her own body through a coordinated attack on access to safe, legal abortion.

“Earlier this spring, we heard from several young, brave women who had to make the agonizing and heartbreaking decision to end their pregnancies when an ultrasound showed that the expected addition to their family had developed several fetal anomalies. If House Bill 1948 is signed into law, these women would have had their medical options stolen from them and been forced to give birth to a baby that would have spent its tragically short life in constant pain – if she didn’t miscarry before that. It’s simply inhumane for both the mother and the fetus to be forced to go through such a situation.

“Pennsylvanians believe this is the wrong issue to focus on and multiple groups – including the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the national and state chapters of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence – have spoken out against this legislation. I urge the Senate to vote against this bill and protect the reproductive health of Pennsylvanian women.”