HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Democratic governor has vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, rejecting what Planned Parenthood says would have been the nation's most restrictive abortion law.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed the veto paperwork Monday in Philadelphia City Hall.
Pennsylvania's current limit is 24 weeks. The 20-week limit would have kept in place exceptions under current law for when a mother's life or well-being is at risk. It had no exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.
The bill also would have effectively banned dilation-and-evacuation, the most common method of second-trimester abortion, and made it a felony to violate it.
The bill was opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
This bill condemns women who learn from their doctor after a 20-week ultrasound that they are at risk if they give birth, and violates a woman's right to make her own health care choices. I will veto #SB3 because I stand with PA women who deserve to make their own health choices. pic.twitter.com/m97TKVTO2d— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 16, 2017