Mapping the path forward: Legislating the next stage of reproductive rights in Pennsylvania

BY: - January 21, 2024

On the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, advocates in Pennsylvania are pushing ahead with efforts to protect reproductive rights.

Lawmakers begin work on an abortion rights amendment for Pennsylvania’s Constitution

BY: - December 13, 2023

Legislation in the Pennsylvania House would set a referendum asking voters whether they approve a "fundamental right to personal reproductive liberty."

With federal and state laws changing and litigation unresolved, the Abortion Defense Network helps patients, their loved ones, providers and support groups with free legal advice, pro bono representation, and help paying legal expenses. (Getty Images)

Shapiro signs informed consent bill into law

BY: - November 27, 2023

The bill, now Act 31, was sponsored by state Reps. Liz Fiedler (D-Philadelphia) and Liz Hanbidge (D-Montgomery) and would require medical facilities in Pennsylvania to obtain consent before performing pelvic, prostate or rectal exams on anesthetized patients.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. House committee advances bill requiring informed consent for certain medical exams

BY: - March 29, 2023

The legislation holds the health care provider overseeing a medical student for violating the measure, mandating a $500 penalty for a first violation and $1,000 for a second or subsequent one.

Lancaster Co. House candidate loses Dem endorsements in confusion over abortion stance

BY: - May 16, 2022

Janet Diaz says she supports the right to choose; but the lawmakers had 'no specific recollection of endorsing' her.


House bill aims to protect intellectually disabled from false confessions | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 12, 2021

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Police reform measures may have lost some of the momentum they had in Harrisburg in the days after last April’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, but that hasn’t stopped some lawmakers from continuing to press the case for badly needed change. The newest proposal comes from state Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, […]


Pa.’s waitlist system is an injustice to its disabilities community | Opinion

BY: - May 7, 2021

It is unacceptable to leave a vulnerable community waiting indefinitely on services they need to survive. 


It’s time to end Pa’s outrageous practice of non-consensual, unnecessary pelvic exams | Opinion

BY: - January 14, 2020

Right now in Pennsylvania, doctors and medical students can perform invasive, unnecessary, physical exams on unconscious patients without their consent.


The Pa. House needs rules to function properly | Opinion

BY: - May 16, 2019

The topic of the bill played no part in the outcome of the situation on May 8. It is unfortunate that some would take this procedural ruling and turn it to partisan ends.

Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - May 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, told the Capital-Star that she had stood up and waved her hand to make a motion to send the bill back to committee.