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Bill that would limit Pennsylvania abortions in limbo

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 11, 2016 2:00 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A legislative proposal to place new limits on abortion in Pennsylvania is in limbo as Republican backers say they aren't sure if it will get a planned final vote in the state House of Representatives.

Majority Leader Dave Reed said there were "a whole bunch of things on the calendar" on Monday and he wasn't sure if the abortion restrictions would get voted on.

Democrats say it was taken off a committee listing, meaning it couldn't get to the floor Monday.

The bill's status appeared in doubt just as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the national president of Planned Parenthood warned that it would risk women's health.

The bill would ban elective abortions after 20 weeks, compared with 24 weeks in current law. It also would criminalize procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing body parts.

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