Senate Bill 3, the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks without exemptions for the health of the mother or because of birth defects, passed the state House last night on a far from party line vote.
Six Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against their party line on the bill for final passage.
Republican state Reps. Alex Charlton (R-Delaware), Sheryl Delozier (R-Camp Hill), Frank Farry (R-Bucks), Warren Kampf (R-Chester), Duane Milne (R-Chester), Todd Stephens and (R-Montgomery) all voted against the bill.
All the Republicans to vote against the bill, except for Delozier who was the only female Republican to vote against the bill, came from the southeastern part of the state. That region of the state has been trending Democratic in recent elections, especially in 2017’s local elections, where Democrats made historic gains in county seats in Delaware, Chester, and Bucks counties.
Democratic state Reps. Frank Burns (D-Cambria), Mike Driscoll (D-Philadelphia), Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Michael Hanna (D-Centre), Sid Kavulich (D-Lackawanna), Anita Kulik (D-Allegheny), Mark Longietti (D-Mercer), Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny), Joe Petrarca (D-Allegheny), Chris Sainato (D-Adams), and Pam Snyder (D-Greene) all voted in favor of the bill.
Burns, Hanna, Kulik, Longietti, Markosek, Petrarca, and Snyder all come from the western part of the state, that have been trending more conservative, especially with the election of President Trump in 2016.
SB3 will be vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf, who has spoken out strongly against its passage, saying it is an “assault on the doctor-patient relationship by politicians without medical or health expertise.”