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Pennsylvania House takes up debate on abortion restrictions

Written by Mark Scolforo/Associated Press | Dec 12, 2017 4:30 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania House is considering a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a measure that Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has vowed to veto.

The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday began debate on legislation that passed the Senate by a nearly party-line vote of 32 to 18 in February.

It would keep in place exceptions under current law for when a mother's life is at risk, or if she could suffer a serious, permanent injury without an abortion.

There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

Current state law allows abortions up to 24 weeks.

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