Pennsylvania Slaps Down 20-Week Abortion Ban

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Pennsylvania’s 20-week abortion ban got shut down in a veto Monday, disappointing many pro-life advocates who were hopeful that the ban would meet success.

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 3, which sought to extend the state’s current abortion laws preventing a fetus older than 24 weeks from being aborted to 20 weeks of fetal development, according to US News.

The law would have criminalized the procedure, punishing anyone facilitating or performing abortions after 20 weeks except in cases where the mother’s life was in danger. The measure also would have prohibited abortion clinicians from performing dilation and evacuation — or “dismemberment” — abortions. (RELATED: Pennsylvania House Committee Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban).

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