State House votes to change abortion law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The state House took a step forward to expand restrictions on abortion.

State representatives on Tuesday voted 132-65 for House Bill 1948, a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, changing the current law that allows up to 24 weeks.

Representative Seth Grove (R-York) said they came up a few votes shy that would override an expected veto by Governor Wolf.

Grove calls the bill common sense legislation, saying, “Medical science shows that a baby can feel pain in the womb all the way down to 20 weeks.” He continued, “This legislation mirrors what other states and what their medical technology is showing today.”

Representative Kevin Schreiber (D-York) voted “no” and says he supports a Wolf veto. “Similar legislation has been proposed in other states,” he said. “Those efforts have been struck down the by the Supreme Court as being unconstitutional.”

The bill is also calling for the dismemberment a fetus during an abortion to be considered a crime.

Governor Wolf said that he will not sign the bill into law.

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