Pennsylvania House moving to limit abortion after 20 weeks

The Meadville Tribune: HARRISBURG — A measure to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks is moving in the state House, setting up a showdown with the governor, who’s vowing to veto it if it reaches his desk.

The state House health committee approved the abortion bill by a 16-10 vote Monday night. The measure would move the state’s legal limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks.

Senate Bill 3 would also bar the use of what lawmakers described as “dismemberment abortion” except to save the life of the mother.

“Once again, Harrisburg Republicans are moving the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country that criminalizes abortion and leaves no exceptions for victims of rape or incest,” Gov. Wolf said. “I have met with women and medical professionals and understand how devastating and dangerous this bill would be for patients. That’s why I will veto this attack on women. Put simply, women’s health care decisions should be left up to women and their doctors, not politicians in Harrisburg.”

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