Oct. 22, 2019

HARRISBURG – State Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) stood in solidarity with pregnant women, their children, and their families Monday at a news conference announcing the “Heartbeat Bill,” House Bill 1977.

This landmark legislation would ensure that a physician determines whether a fetal heartbeat can be detected before an abortion is performed. If a fetal heartbeat is present, the abortion would not be permitted.

“Science clearly shows us, where there is a heartbeat, there is a life,” Rowe said. “That life, so precious and vulnerable, needs to be protected under the law.

“This bill also ensures that a woman’s need for informed consent is respected by requiring a doctor to conduct a physical examination to determine if a fetal heartbeat can be found. Every pregnant woman deserves to hear her unborn baby’s heartbeat.”

House Bill 1977, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton/Centre), has more than 40 co-sponsors. A companion bill, Senate Bill 912, is being introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York).

“Pennsylvania has a long and distinguished history of protecting the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. This pro-woman, pro-family bill honors that important legacy,” Rowe said

Representative David Rowe
85th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Alison Haas