State House votes to expand restrictions on abortion

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 22, 2016 4:09 AM

A clinic escort stands down the street from the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center in East Liberty in Pittsburgh. The escorts volunteer to usher women from their cars to the clinic, shielding them from anti-abortion protesters. (Photo by Connor Mulvaney/PublicSource)

(Harrisburg) -- The state House is giving its approval to new restrictions on elective abortions.

But, Governor Tom Wolf is threatening a veto if the proposal gets out of the Senate.

State representatives have voted 132 to 65 to ban the procedure after 20 weeks, compared to 24 weeks in current law.

The bill also would criminalize procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts.

Supporters in the Republican-majority House say the bill reflects medical advances that make fetuses viable on their own at earlier stages of pregnancy.

Opponents say it was pushed through without hearings and is part of an agenda to eventually ban abortion outright.

Governor Wolf calls it a step back for the state and for women.

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