Wolf urges lawmakers not to pass new abortion restrictions

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Apr 9, 2016 8:48 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is urging lawmakers not to hold a vote next week on bill to place new limits on abortions in Pennsylvania.

The Democratic governor said yesterday the House bill is unconstitutional and would give the state the most restrictive abortion regulations in the country.

The House plans a final vote Monday on a Republican-sponsored bill to prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks, compared to 24 in current law. It also would criminalize procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts.

Wolf calls the proposal a step ``far back'' that says ``bad things about Pennsylvania.''

If it passes, it still needs Senate approval to make it to Wolf's desk and the governor has promised a veto if it does.

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