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House to vote on bill barring elective abortions beyond 20 weeks

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 11, 2016 8:25 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A state House vote is expected today on a GOP-sponsored measure to bar elective abortions after 20 weeks, four weeks earlier than current law.

Governor Tom Wolf has promised to veto the measure and last week pressed lawmakers not to even vote on the proposal, calling it unconstitutional. The Democrat says the proposal would give Pennsylvania the most restrictive abortion regulations in the U.S.

The measure also would criminalize procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts. Those procedures would be allowed to save the mother's life or prevent impairment of a major bodily function.

If it makes it out of the House, the bill would need a favorable Senate vote to make it to Wolf's desk.

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