PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With veto pen in hand, Governor Wolf is now awaiting a bill that would impose new restrictions on abortion that is on its way to his desk. The bill was given final legislative approval by the state House Tuesday night.
The bill would reduce the time allowed for most abortions in Pennsylvania by four weeks and would ban a procedure known as dilation and extraction.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Rat Infestation 'Subsiding And Leaving Slowly' After City Officials Lay Down Poison In Empty Lot
House Republican Matt Baker says medical advancements have made fetuses viable and shown that they can feel pain at earlier times in pregnancies
“And that’s where it all comes down to…it’s about viability gestational age,” he said.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Climate Prediction Center Predicts Above-Average Temperatures This Winter
Even before final passage in the House, Governor Wolf was already touting his opposition to the bill in a slickly-produced, on-line campaign video.
“Senate Bill 3 is a particularly vile, I think, assault on a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions,” he said.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Investigating After Threats Of Violence Emailed To Jewish Community Center
While the abortion bill was passed by comfortable margins in both the House and Senate, neither chamber put up enough votes to override a veto.