Abortion bill poised for Wolf veto

Abortion bill poised for Wolf veto

Author: Jason Gottesman/Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Categories: News and Views

After a 121-70 vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday evening, Senate Bill 3—legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation and ban so-called “dismemberment abortions—is poised to head to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.


The governor has vowed to veto the legislation.


“Once again, politicians in Harrisburg are trying to force their way into the doctor’s office so that they can have a say in women’s health care decisions,” said Gov. Wolf at an event in Conshohocken opposing the legislation Monday.


“Make no mistake about it – bills like SB 3 are an attack on women’s personal freedoms, personal choice, and personal liberties. I want to be clear, when and if this legislation ultimately reaches my desk – I will veto it.”


Given the veto guarantee, the prospects of a legislative override of the governor’s likely action seem dim.


Needing 34 votes in the Senate, Senate Bill 3 passed that chamber with only 32 votes in February. In the House, the number of positive votes for the legislation fell well short of the two-thirds needed to override a veto.


As of press time Tuesday, the legislation has yet to be signed in the Senate, delaying its landing on Gov. Wolf’s desk despite House passage.