Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania states that no abortion may be performed after the 23rd week of pregnancy unless the attending physician and another physician who has examined the woman document that the procedure is necessary to preserve the woman's life or to prevent or health. If deemed necessary to preserve the mental health of the woman, the abortion must have separate documentation by a psychiatrist. A second physician also must attend the later abortion procedure. Pennsylvania also allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women abortions, and subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals via Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws. 

Restrictions: 
Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability
Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or health (physical or mental)
Requires second physician in attendance to treat a fetus if it is born alive
Requires second physician to certify necessity of abortion

Pennsylvania

Enacted legislation:

Pennsylvania states that no abortion may be performed after the 23rd week of pregnancy unless the attending physician and another physician who has examined the woman document that the procedure is necessary to preserve the woman's life or to prevent or health. If deemed necessary to preserve the mental health of the woman, the abortion must have separate documentation by a psychiatrist. A second physician also must attend the later abortion procedure. Pennsylvania also allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women abortions, and subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals via Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws. 

Pending legislation:

In February 2017, Pennsylvania Representative Kathy L. Rapp introduced legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks dating from the woman’s last menstrual period. The bill contains narrow health and life exceptions and does not contain exceptions for mental health or pregnancies resulting from rape. It would also ban the safest and most common method of performing second trimester abortions, D&E. Reporting requirements for both post-20 week abortions and D&E abortions are included. A similar bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks dating from a woman’s last menstrual period was introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Michele Brooks. This bill also includes a D&E ban. For the latest House bill status, click here, and for the latest Senate bill status, click here.  

Restrictions: Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability | Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or health (physical or mental) | Requires second physician in attendance to treat a fetus if it is born alive | Requires second physician to certify necessity of abortion