Published On: Wed, Apr 13th, 2016

Pennsylvania Gov Tom Wolf says bill banning late-term abortions, dismembering fetuses is ‘huge step backward’

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is making headlines after stating that a bill which would habe banned late-term abortions and prevented unborn children from being dismembered in the womb would be “a huge step backward.” The bill has now stalled in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1948 would reduce the legal abortion limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks and would also bar dismemberment abortion, known as dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, in the state. Ahead of passage by the state House of Representatives on Monday, the bill was postponed indefinitely after the Democratic Governor vowed to veto the legislation.

Wolf said, “This is really a huge step backward for the state.”

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards publicly came out against the legislation, saying, “This bill doesn’t make women safer. It actually puts them at risk.”

The view of Wolf and Planned Parenthood that late-term abortion should be legal contradicts the horrors which played out in Pennsylvania’s Kermit Gosnell case, the doctor executing babies born late when the procedure was performed ineffective.

Even Gosnell’s defense attorney, Jack McMahon, has spoken out about the abortion limits, fetus viability.

“I’ve come out of this case realizing that 24 weeks is a bad determiner” of viability, McMahon said. “It should be like 16, 17 weeks…the law should be changed to that. I think pro-choice would still have the right to choose, but they’d have to choose earlier.”

“I think more regulation should come out of” this case, he said.

Some of Wolf’s remarks revealed a political motivation.

“We need to make sure the rest of the world sees Pennsylvania as we see it, which is a very progressive, dynamic place,” he said.

Dr. Gosnell's "House of Horrors" revealed several horrific issues in abortion clinics around the country.

Dr. Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” revealed several horrific issues in abortion clinics around the country.

“It is barbaric and cruel to be pulling them apart limb-from-limb in the most excruciatingly painful way possible,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

“A recent statewide poll shows that 61 percent of Pennsylvanians support a ban on dismemberment abortions. Among women, the support is even higher at 64 percent,” she wrote in a letter to the editor of a local newspaper last week. “It is critically important for the General Assembly to ban a practice that we should all agree is a flagrant human rights violation and unworthy of a commonwealth as great as Pennsylvania.”

An estimated 1,550 Pennsylvanian babies died as a result of D&E abortion in 2014, according to the federation.

“The United States is only one of seven countries worldwide that allow the horror of dismemberment abortions,” according to the federation’s website. “These countries include China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Singapore, all of whom perform horrible human rights violations.”

“Is this the kind of company the United States wants to keep?” the group asks.


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  1. Jeff Bracken says:

    I can’t even fathom the mindset of people ESPECIALLY a governor that supports abortion. YOU SICK PEOPLE WILL ANSWER TO GOD!!!!! Period

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