Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill Three today that banned late-term and what some call “dismemberment” abortions.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute said the bi-partisan bill added humane 21st-century updates to Pennsylvania’s 28-year-old abortion law. The PA Department of Health reports there were 380 later-term and more than 1500 dismemberment abortions in 2015. The bill would cut off the date to receive an abortion by 20 weeks, it is currently 24.
Governor Wolf denounced the movement of the ultra-conservative bill that he said would criminalize a common health procedure for women used by doctors in consultation with their patients. The bill was opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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. “This legislation is an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care, and this legislation destroys health care options for victims of the horrors of rape and incest. For these reasons, I am vetoing this bill today.”