[quote="johnnykins, post:8, topic:205319"]
Well folks, it looks like it's the crazies on the right trying to make hay when there is none:
Abortions: Includes only abortions and contraceptives that satisfy the requirements of
18 Pa.C.S. § 3204-3206 and 35 P.S. §§10101, 10103-10105.
1. Elective abortions are not covered. Services rendered to treat illness or injuries
resulting from an elective abortion are covered.
2. The Program and its Subcontractors will respect the conscience rights of
individual providers and provider organizations and comply with the
Pennsylvania law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of the refusal or
willingness to participate in certain abortion and sterilization-related activities as
outlined in 43 P.S. §955.2 and 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3213(d).
click “approved state proposal”
In politics you can't trust anyone!
The issue is what is considered an "elective" abortion.
that an abortion is legal in Pennsylvania (consistent with Roe v. Wade) if a single physician believes that it is "necessary" based on "all factors (physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age) relevant to the well-being of the woman." Indeed, the cited statute provides only a single circumstance in which an abortion prior to 24 weeks is NOT permitted under the Pennsylvania statute: "No abortion which is sought solely because of the sex of the unborn child shall be deemed a necessary abortion.
Here is the PA code:
§ 3204. Medical consultation and judgment.
(a) Abortion prohibited; exceptions.--No abortion shall be
performed except by a physician after either:
(1) he determines that, in his best clinical judgment,
the abortion is necessary; or
(2) he receives what he reasonably believes to be a
written statement signed by another physician, hereinafter
called the "referring physician," certifying that in this
referring physician's best clinical judgment the abortion is
(b) Requirements.--Except in a medical emergency where there
is insufficient time before the abortion is performed, the woman
upon whom the abortion is to be performed shall have a private
medical consultation either with the physician who is to perform
the abortion or with the referring physician. The consultation
will be in a place, at a time and of a duration reasonably
sufficient to enable the physician to determine whether, based
on his best clinical judgment, the abortion is necessary.
(c) Factors.--In determining in accordance with subsection
(a) or (b) whether an abortion is necessary, a physician's best
clinical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors
(physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's
age) relevant to the well-being of the woman. No abortion which
is sought solely because of the sex of the unborn child shall be
deemed a necessary abortion.
(d) Penalty.--Any person who intentionally, knowingly or
recklessly violates the provisions of this section commits a
felony of the third degree, and any physician who violates the
provisions of this section is guilty of "unprofessional conduct"
and his license for the practice of medicine and surgery shall
be subject to suspension or revocation in accordance with
procedures provided under the act of October 5, 1978 (P.L.1109,
No.261), known as the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act, the act
of December 20, 1985 (P.L.457, No.112), known as the Medical
Practice Act of 1985, or their successor acts.
(Mar. 25, 1988, P.L.262, No.31, eff. 30 days; Nov. 17, 1989,
P.L.592, No.64, eff. 60 days)
1989 Amendment. Act 64 amended subsecs. (c) and (d).
Cross References. Section 3204 is referred to in section
3217 of this title.
It doesn't take much to qualify, only a doctors rule it is "necessary". The remaining codes involvle informed consent, and parental notification.