State House Republicans Move Senate Abortion Bill as Year End Nears
The bill passed the committee along partisan lines, and could be voted on by the House as early as next week.
When the bill was passed through the Senate, Governor Tom Wolf said he would veto the bill if it makes it to his desk, saying that it “flies in the face of everything I stand for.”
“Put simply, women’s health care decisions should be left up to women and their doctors, not politicians in Harrisburg,” Wolf said Monday.
“It’s an issue that you are either going to be voting for or against, whether you are going to be pro-life or pro-abortion,” House Health Committee Chair Matt Baker (R-Bradford) said, according to the Inquirer.
The State Democratic Party took the vote as a chance to push against three of the Republicans running for Governor.
“Scott Wagner, Paul Mango, and Mike Turzai support and have openly advocated for the most restrictive abortion bill in the country which would force women and girls who have been the victims of rape or incest to carry a pregnancy to term,” Pa. Dems Communications Director Beth Melena said in a statement.
Wagner was a co-sponsor of SB3 when it was in the senate, while Mango and Turzai have both spoken in favor of the bill.
In his Faith, Family, and Pennsylvania Values plan, Mango said he would “call on the legislature to pass SB3,” and Turzai said “it is important the legislature send one of these bills, Rep. Rapp’s House Bill 77 or Senate Bill 3, to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk” earlier this year to the Inquirer.