Two Pennsylvania lawmakers—Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin County) and Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton County)—are pushing the Heartbeat Bill, and have invited Senate colleagues to become co-sponsors. Sen. Mastriano distributed a memo on July 17th requesting support for it, and stated that science “shows more than 90 percent of all pregnancies are viable when a heartbeat is detected.” This bill will require all physicians before proceeding with an abortion to determine whether the baby has a heartbeat; if it’s detected, the abortion cannot be performed. Gov. Tom Wolf has said this bill would be vetoed if it reached his desk. However, Mastriano and Borowicz believe a scientific approach could at least win some people over, and is worth a conversation.
(Article published in the Pro-Life Union’s August 2019 newsletter update.)