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Rapp Prioritizes health issues

HARRISBURG — Now officially serving her second full term as majority chair of the House Health Committee, Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest, is once again pursuing an agenda focusing on the sanctity and quality of all human life, which will not only include advancing sweeping pro-life legislation, but also exercising full legislative oversight on Pennsylvania’s plan to deploy the COVID-19 vaccine.

The House Health Committee deals with issues such as abortion, disease management, health savings accounts, hospital-acquired infections, Medical Assistance, patient safety, prescription drug pricing, telemedicine, welfare reform, rural issues, vital statistics (birth and death certificates) and much more. Rapp is also returning to serve as majority co-chair of the bipartisan Pennsylvania House Pro-Life Caucus and a member of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

“Last session, I convened several informational meetings to monitor Pennsylvania’s overall COVID-19 response,” Rapp said. “During this new session, there are already many questions regarding why some Pennsylvanians have been prioritized over others and why the available COVID-19 vaccine has not been quicky and efficiently administered to those who need it the most. The committee will also be addressing drug pricing. In fact, our newly adopted House rules include language moving toward giving standing committees investigative subpoena power which would greatly expand our ability to call witnesses and accurately determine if the Wolf administration is doing everything necessary to ensure an effective and expedient rollout to all of our citizens who wish to be vaccinated”

Additionally, Rapp is planning to convene hearings and gather testimony with the objective of advancing landmark pro-life legislation that would ban abortion whenever the baby’s heartbeat can be detected (formerly House Bill 1977); end the procedure of aborting children due solely to a possible Down syndrome diagnosis (formerly House Bill 1321); and offer Pennsylvania families the dignity of respectful internment for the remains of their unborn children (formerly House Bill 1890).

“Whether Pennsylvania’s biggest supporter of Planned Parenthood, Gov. Tom Wolf, continues to veto any measure that negatively impacts abortions on demand is irrelevant,” said Rapp. “The purpose for consistently advancing pro-life legislation is all about raising awareness of the sanctity of all human life and the deadly impact of Roe vs. Wade which has made possible the murder of more than 60 million unborn children since 1973. Or as former President Donald J. Trump has definitively declared: “‘We will never tire of defending innocent life.'”

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