Wolf vetoes abortion bill called nation's most restrictive


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  • Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 3, which he called "anti-choice legislation that would severely limit women’s reproductive rights and health care options." He was joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, legislators, local elected officials, and women’s reproductive rights advocates for the event in the Mayor’s Reception Room. (Photo provided)



Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, rejecting what Planned Parenthood says would be nation's most restrictive abortion law.

Wolf signed the veto paperwork Monday in Philadelphia City Hall.

The current limit is 24. The 20-week limit would have kept in place exceptions under current law for when a mother's life or well-being is at risk. There are no exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.

The bill also would have effectively banned dilation-and-evacuation, the most common method of second-trimester abortion, and make it a felony to violate it.

The bill was opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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