PA House Passes Tighter Restrictions on Abortion
The bill, passed by a vote of 132-65, criminalizes abortions after 20 weeks, as well as any dilation-and-evacuation abortion procedures, according to Mark Scolforo of the Associated Press.
The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Kathy Rapp argues the dilation-and-evacuation procedure “tears a living human to pieces,” and that “all Pennsylvania mothers and their unborn children deserve far better than this.”
Opponents of the bill argue that since it was drafted without public hearings, the legislation didn’t receive sufficient input from medical professionals. Opponents also emphasized the lack of consideration in the bill’s language for victims of rape and incest.
“This bill, if it becomes law, would force women to carry pregnancies with horrible fetal abnormalities,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky.
Governor Tom Wolf has threatened to veto the bill if it gets through the State Senate. The roll call was mostly on party lines, although 25 Democrats voted for the measure, and 9 Republicans voted against it.
Those officials are listed below:
The 25 Democrats Who Voted For The Bill:
Peter J. Daley
Daniel J. Deasy
Sid Michaels Kavulich
Robert F. Matzie
The 9 Republicans Who Voted Against The Bill: