PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Pennsylvania House committee has passed a proposed bill which would ban abortions in the state after 19 weeks. The measure still has to pass the full House and that vote is expected this week.
State Senate Bill 3 would not only ban abortion after 19 weeks, but would also prohibit D&E’s, dilation and evacuation procedures, what the medical community calls one of the safest and most common abortion measures.READ MORE: District Attorney Larry Krasner, Mayor Jim Kenney Speak Out On Philadelphia's Ongoing Gun Violence Crisis
“This bill is one of the most extreme anti-abortion measures that we’ve seen anywhere in the country,” said Susan Frietsche, senior attorney with the Women’s Law Project.READ MORE: Habitat For Humanity Breaks Ground On Four Montgomery County Homes
She believes the bill will be stopped in its tracks before becoming law.
“If the state legislature makes the mistake of passing Senate Bill 3, and it somehow finds its way into law, despite the governor’s threatened veto, I have absolutely no doubt that this law will be struck down as well,” she said.MORE NEWS: Teenager Killed In Trenton Shooting Identified As Shemiah Davis, Mercer County Prosecutor's Office Says
Frietsche says similar bans proposed in other states have been struck down by federal courts in the past.