Pennsylvania Governor: Women Can ‘Make Their Own Health Care Decisions’

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has reaffirmed his intention to veto an extremely contentious bill passed by his own condition’s Republican-controlled legislature to limit abortions after 20 weeks.  

The ban, called Senate Bill 3, passed from the state’s House on Tuesday night, 121-70, following passing the state Senate back in February, 32-18.

“This bill is an assault on women, and it must never have reached my desk,” Wolf said in a tweet posted Wednesday. “I will veto it, because all Pennsylvania girls deserve to make their own health care choices. ”

Support for the bill in both chambers of the state legislature has been just shy of a veto-proof bulk.

SB3 signifies “the most intense restrictions” on abortion from the nation, according to Planned Parenthood.  

Pennsylvania currently allows abortions up into the 24-week mark. SB3 would roll back that limit, allowing abortions after 20 weeks just at rare emergency situations, with no exception for instances of rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.  

The measure would also criminalize a particular clinically approved abortion procedure called “dilation and evacuation,” although SB3 describes it as “dismemberment abortion. ” Were the bill to become law, Pennsylvania would become one of nearly 20 countries that have laws banning abortion after 20 weeks ― but experts say the so-called “dismemberment” ban is unprecedented.

In a announcement issued Tuesday, the governor named SB3 a “an assault on the doctor-patient relationship by politicians without medical or health experience. ”

“We’ve got to keep politics out of the doctor’s workplace,” Wolf told HuffPost at March, following holding events with doctors and girls who’ve had the exact same sort of late-term abortions that would be limited if the bill became law.

“When people are choosing where to go to college or start their professional lives or in which to begin their company or family, Pennsylvania has got to demonstrate that it’s receptive to them,” he continued. “This bill just says the reverse, that you can’t make your own conclusions here, this isn’t a place where we value freedom of conscience. ”

Supporters of the bill assert that 20 weeks is the threshold at which a fetus can start to feel pain, a announcement debated by doctors.

The invoice’s opponents ― a team that includes that the Pennsylvania Medical Society ― assert that some fetal abnormalities are only discovered after the 20-week mark, but some fear that such bans aim to erode Roe v. Wade.


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