HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed pro-life legislation that “would have strengthened” the state’s Abortion Control Act “by banning the cruel and brutal practice of dismemberment abortions,” said the state Catholic conference.
The legislation, which passed both the House and Senate, also would have placed a ban on abortions from the 20th week on during a pregnancy.
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, issued a news release Dec. 19 about the veto.
It quoted Republican Sen. Michele Brooks, who sponsored the Senate version of the bill, as saying she was “extremely disappointed with the governor’s veto and the misinformation that opponents have spread about the bill.”
“But my greatest disappointment is that we will be unable to protect so many babies in the future, who will never know the joy of living in this world,” she said.
Brooks noted that the bill would not have changed the existing law’s exceptions to abortion in cases of rape and incest. It passed the Senate by a vote of 32-18 and the House by a vote of 121-70.
“My prayers are with the governor that one day his heart will soften and he will understand how horrific the dismemberment abortion procedure is,” she added.
In neighboring Ohio, state lawmakers sent the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. In 2015 Kasich said he would sign such a bill, but through a spokesman he declined to comment on what action he will take, if any. Earlier this December he was quoted as telling The New Yorker that “everybody ought to just take a chill pill’ in discussing abortion.
The bill prohibits abortions for the sole reason of a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis in a fetus. It would charge doctors who violate the prohibition with a fourth-degree felony, revocation of their medical license and possible civil penalties.
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