|A Knights of Columbus sign at the March For Life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
LANSDALE, June 6, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Pro-Life Coalition of Pa., with its affiliated groups, is holding a Rally in the Pa. Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A promotional flyer for this rally can be viewed here.
This Rally urges the Pa. General Assembly to pass H.B.1948. This legislation extends Pa.'s ban on abortions from six months to five months gestation and bans abortions by dismemberment with the same exceptions as Pa.'s current Abortion Control Act.
The rally flyer explains the background of Monique Ruberu, M.D., Kurt Kondrich and his daughter, Chloe, and former Rep. Steve Freind.
Also speaking will be Rev. Paul Schenck - Director of the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Harrisburg; Pastor Bill Devlin - a veteran leader in the pro-life movement and an international human rights activist from Montgomery County, Pa.; and Antone Raymundo, M.D. - an obstetrical anesthesiologist, who, with his wife, met the challenge of a poor pre-natal diagnosis of one of their children in a pro-life manner.
The leaders of the Pa. House and Senate Pro-Life Caucus, i.e., Rep. Kathy Rapp and Sen. John Eichelberger, will also address this Rally and introduce their colleagues.
All of these speakers and legislators will be available for interviews.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION
H.B.1948 passed the Pa. House on Second Consideration, without any weakening amendments, on April 6, 2016 by a 114-73 vote. However, Pa. House Leaders abruptly cancelled a scheduled Final Passage vote on April 11, 2016. This cancellation came two hours after Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, visited our State Capitol and demanded this action.
The current Speaker of the Pa. House, Rep. Mike Turzai, has previously served as the leader of the Pro-Life Caucus in the Pa. House. Our goal is to urge him to schedule H.B.1948 for a Final Passage vote as soon as possible and, thereby, provide sufficient time for the Pa. Senate to pass this life-saving legislation.
In summary, our message is, "Mr. Speaker, run this bill."