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Bill to limit abortions in Pennsylvania survives delay vote

MARK SCOLFORO
Associated Press

HARRISBURG — A bill to place new restrictions on abortion in Pennsylvania could get a final vote in the state House next week after members voted down a Democrat-led effort to postpone the proposal for two months.

About 50 people turned out for a rally in support of Planned Parenthood at its Central PA branch in in York City Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The rally featured a speech by Sari Stevens, director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. Bill Kalina photo

The House voted 73-to-114 against the motion to delay consideration of the bill that would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks.

Pennsylvania law currently limits elective abortions to the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.

It also would criminalize what it calls “dismemberment abortions,” or procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts.

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The proposed amendments to the Abortion Control Act were introduced late last week.

If the bill passes the House it’ll go to the Senate for its consideration.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto it.