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Bill to limit abortions in Pa. survives delay vote

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 7, 2016 4:45 AM
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The Pennsylvania Capitol building is shown Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's tax proposal is being debated in the state House of Representatives in the first-term Democrat's effort to break Pennsylvania's 3-month-old budget impasse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A bill to place new restrictions on abortion in Pennsylvania could get a final vote in the state House next week after members voted down a Democrat-led effort to postpone the proposal for two months. 

The House voted 73-to-114 against the motion to delay consideration of the bill that would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks. 

State law currently limits elective abortions to the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

It also would criminalize what it calls "dismemberment abortions,'' or procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts. 

The proposed amendments to the Abortion Control Act were introduced late last week. 

If the bill passes the House it'll go to the Senate for its consideration. 

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has vowed to veto it.  

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