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Pennsylvania House votes to expand restrictions on abortion

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The state House is giving its approval to new restrictions on elective abortions, and Pennsylvania's governor is threatening a veto if the proposal gets out of the Senate.

State representatives voted 132 to 65 on Tuesday for the bill to ban the procedure after 20 weeks, compared to 24 weeks in current law.

The bill also would criminalize procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts.

Supporters in the Republican-majority House say the bill reflects medical advances that make fetuses viable on their own at earlier stages of pregnancy.

Opponents say it was pushed through without hearings and is part of an agenda to eventually ban abortion outright.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf calls it a step back for the state and for women.

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