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									                                     June 14, 2011

Hon. Mike Turzai                            Hon. Frank Dermody
Majority Leader                             Minority Leader
PA House of Representatives                 PA House of Representatives
110 Main Capitol
                      423 Main Capitol Building

PO Box 202028
                              PO Box 202033 

Harrisburg, PA 17120-2028                   Harrisburg, PA 17120-2033

 Via facsimile to: (717) 772-2470          Via facsimile to: (717) 787-8060

Dear Leaders Turzai and Dermody:

We, board members of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh section, urge you to
oppose Senate Bill 732, legislation that would require freestanding abortion clinics that do
abortion procedures over 9 weeks gestation to comply with ambulatory surgical facility
regulations (“ASF regulations”).

If enacted, NCJW believes this bill would reduce access to services for thousands of women in
Pennsylvania each year, and especially impact the poor and under-served. Over 10,000 women
had abortions over 9 weeks in Pennsylvania in 2009.

ASF regulations require building changes – such as hospital grade elevators - that would force all
of Pennsylvania’s freestanding facilities to move and rebuild in order to continue providing
abortion care to women over 9 weeks. This could cost freestanding clinics millions of dollars and
could take years to comply. None of these building changes would improve the health and safety
of women receiving the services – instead, it will force safe providers to discontinue offering the
service, or force them to close altogether as clinics may not be able to sustain themselves by
limiting their services.

95% of abortions in Pennsylvania are performed in freestanding clinics. Abortion care in hospitals
costs thousands of dollars – over 10 times the cost in clinics. Women will not be able to afford
abortion care in Pennsylvania if these regulations take effect.
Hon. Mike Turzai
Hon. Frank Dermody
June 14, 2011
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Pennsylvania’s focus should be on enforcing existing regulations, not forcing safe abortion
providers to make building changes that will put them out of business, forcing women to seek
cheaper services from illegal providers, providers who are out of state, where Pennsylvania
cannot regulate, or worse, lead women to feel they have no choice but to attempt to self-abort.
SB 732 will harm women more than it will help!

Senate Bill 732 is too extreme. It jeopardizes the health of women and we urge you to oppose
this unjust and unreasonable legislation.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and
advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for
social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding
individual rights and freedoms.


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