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Wolf vetoes bill to add abortion restrictions

19 Décembre 2017

Governor Tom Wolf officially vetoed Senate Bill 3, a bill restricting abortions after 20 weeks, following through on his promise to do so since the bill was introduced.

Wolf vetoed the bill in Philadelphia City Hall with Mayor Jim Kenney, local legislators and officials, and advocates for women's reproductive rights. He says he doesn't believe the bill's proponents have the votes to override the veto.

"This bill would threaten women's safety and punish doctors for using their best medical judgment", said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards in a statement responding to Wolf's veto.

The bill also would have effectively banned dilation-and-evacuation, the most common method of second-trimester abortion, opponents said.

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Wolf defending his choice saying, "This legislation is a disingenuous and bald-faced attempt to create the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country", Governor Wolf said.

The bill, passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature last week, is a "vile assault on women's ability to make their own decisions about their own health care", Wolf, a Democrat, said at a press conference. Michele Brooks called a "dismemberment abortion" during her advocacy for the legislation. The bill would cut off the date to receive an abortion by 20 weeks, it is now 24.

Supporters say the bill would protect the lives of unborn children and protect women from unsafe late-term procedures. "These women are victims and they should not be victimized again by this law".

The Pennsylvania Family Institute said the bi-partisan bill added humane 21st-century updates to Pennsylvania's 28-year-old abortion law. The bill was opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.