HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives is launching another effort to outlaw abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, although it faces a veto if it even reaches Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.
The Republican-controlled House passed the bill Tuesday, 117-76. Similar legislation died in the Republican-controlled Senate last year.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Officials Recapture Nearly $800 Million In Unemployment Benefits From Fraudsters
Supporters say the bill protects a vulnerable population and carries exceptions for rape, incest and the mother’s life.
Wolf’s office says it interferes with the doctor-patient relationship while other opponents say it’s ham-handed, unenforceable and unconstitutional.READ MORE: Not Every Ride Will Be Running When Kennywood Opens In May
North Dakota has a similar law in effect, but courts have blocked them in three other states and Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal.
The vote comes amid court battles over a wave of abortion restrictions advancing in conservative states.MORE NEWS: West Virginia Offers Remote Workers $12,000 And Other Perks To Move To State
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