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Governor to veto bill that would add abortion restrictions

Governor Wolf will veto a bill that adds restrictions to abortions.

Pennsylvania's Democratic governor is planning to veto a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, rejecting what Planned Parenthood says would be nation's most restrictive abortion law.

Tom Wolf was scheduled to sign veto paperwork Monday in Philadelphia City Hall.

The current limit is 24 weeks. The 20-week limit would keep in place exceptions under current law for when a mother's life or well-being is at risk. There are no exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.

The bill also would effectively ban dilation-and-evacuation, the most common method of second-trimester abortion, and make it a felony to violate it.

The bill is opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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