Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Vows to Veto Bill Banning Abortions Past 20 Weeks

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Democratic governor of Pennsylvania has vowed to veto a bill banning abortions past 20 weeks—legislation that will could soon be heading to his desk after clearing the Senate on Wednesday.

Gov. Tom Wolf has called S.B. 3, which also bans dismemberment abortions on the unborn—or tearing them apart limb from limb—as being “radical and unconstitutional.”

“The Senate seems bent on pushing through the most radical and unconstitutional bill to prohibit a woman from exercising her own right to make decisions regarding her own health,” he told reporters on Monday.

“Over the last two weeks, millions of women have marched all across the country to make it clear to politicians that they want to retain control and the freedom to make their own health care decisions. This flies in the face of that,” Wolf stated, referring to the Women’s March. “It does one thing and that is—it eliminates a woman’s right to make choices as to her own health care.”

The bill, presented by Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Mercer, passed the Senate mainly along party lines 32-18. It now moves to the House for consideration.

“[N]o person shall perform or induce an abortion upon another person when the gestational age of the unborn child is 20 or more weeks,” the legislation reads in part, providing an exception for the life of the mother.

“An individual may not perform or attempt to perform a dismemberment abortion upon another individual when the gestational age of the unborn child is less than 20 weeks,” it outlines, again providing the exception of when the abortionist determines the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.

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As previously reported, a dismemberment abortion, known as a dilation and evacuation procedure, is defined as the “act of knowingly and purposefully causing the death of an unborn child by means of dismembering the unborn child and extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.”

Abortionists place each piece of the child on a tray and reassemble the baby to ensure all his or her parts have been removed.

“Today in this Commonwealth, we are aborting five-to six-month-old babies, many of whom are in a viable stage to live and survive outside the womb,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, lamented during debate in the legislature.

“Because I stand up for the unborn, I may be labeled radical or anti-woman. But those who cast such assertions completely forget the fact that over half of those we stand to protect today are unborn girls,” he declared.

“I think lots of us want to protect human lives. We want to do what’s right no matter what gender we are. No matter what race we are. We want to make sure people are protected in the womb in Pennsylvania,” also remarked Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair County.

But Democrats decried the legislation as being too restrictive on abortionists.

“You’re not going to tell a doctor what tools they can use to fix a heart valve, or what tools to use in brain surgery, but for some reason, we’re trying to dictate what tools in this bill a doctor can use during a pregnancy. That’s just insane,” argued Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton.

Wolf said on Monday that the bill “flies in the face of everything I stand for and I will veto it.” Lawmakers can override Wolf’s veto, but must have a two-thirds majority.

Wharton

As previously reported, abortion was strongly condemned in early America, including in Pennsylvania, where Philadelphia legal writer, educator and Christian apologist Francis Wharton penned an entire chapter on abortion in his 1855 book “American Criminal Law.”

Wharton called abortionists “persons who are ready to degrade their humanity to this occupation” and stated in regard to abortion in general, “Such conduct cannot be too strongly condemned, and is the more deserving of receiving the punishment awarded for the criminal offense in question.”

In an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia Dr. Hugh Lennox Hodge likewise explained that if a woman were to come to a medical doctor in pursuit of an abortion, “he must, as it were, grasp the conscience of his weak and erring patient and let her know in language not to be misunderstood that she is responsible to her Creator for the life of the being within her.”

“The procuring abortion is ‘a base and unmanly act,’” Hodge also said, quoting in part text from a court ruling of his day. “It is a crime against the natural feelings of man, against the welfare and safety of females, against the peace and prosperity of society, against the divine command ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ It is murder.”


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    All children should be allowed to live. The Democrats do not value human life. Only the Christians truly value everyone’s life.

    • RWH

      Such sweeping generalizations. Democrats as well as Republicans come in all shapes and sizes. Both pro-life and pro-choice grapple with the problem of rape, incest, and problem pregnancies. They just enter the issue from two different perspectives There is a very small percentage that believes in black/white absolutes. One extreme wants carte blanche on abortions, and then there is a small bunch of creepy people that want to stick their noses into what is really none of their business. The choice belongs to a woman, and it is none of my business as to what decisions she makes in her personal life, and it is certainly none of yours either.

      • Jason Todd

        The pro-aborts don’t grapple with rape and incest. They use it as an excuse. Why punish the baby with the death penalty when they’ve done nothing wrong?

        And did you know rape and incest account for one percent of all abortions in the USA?

        Further, are you aware women seek abortions according to the gender of the baby? (The ACLU is on record opposing an Arkansas bill that bans sex-selective abortions. Google it.)

        Did you also know Down syndrome babies are also being aborted?

        No, dude. Abortion is murder. And it’s everyone’s business.

        • RWH

          Leave it to an insensitive clod of a man to trivialize rape and incest. On surveys, about one in four women have indicated that they have experienced unwanted advances by men. This is serious business, and you trivialize it. If you are married, I truly do feel sorry for your wife.

          • Jason Todd

            What I said about the actual number of abortions in relation to rape and incest is a fact. And facts don’t care about your feelings.

          • RWH

            So, apparently that is your callous response to a woman who suffers rape. It’s apparent that you don’t care about women and their feelings. In your mind, they are a statistic, someone whose feelings can be dismissed and trivialized as long as you are the boss and can control them.

          • Jason Todd

            Dude, if you truly believe someone’s compassion for rape and incest survivors is measured by support for abortion, you have problems that go beyond anything I could possibly say.

          • RWH

            Well, at least your consistent. You’re more concerned about “abortion” than the mental and physical state of the woman. She comes to you in distress, and rather than do anything to alleviate the distress and emotional pain, you’re just concerned that she be forced to endure a nine-month pregnancy. All other complications in the manner are trivial to you as long as you can force the woman to do what you want. Again, fundy-land is full of this type. I have seen too many preachers who poke fun of their wives and belittle their intelligence, their looks, and their ability to be subservient to the man. Can you put abortion aside and realize that there is a greater pressing problem at the moment? Leave that decision up to a woman and those who really care about her–which apparently doesn’t include you.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No excuse to murder a child.

          • RWH

            Well, you represent only a small fraction of so-called pro-lifers. They are people who ignore the woman. Traditional Catholic teaching states that the mother is to give up her life. However, all of the pro-lifers that I know grapple with the idea of rape and incest and are concerned with victimizing the woman twice. Most of these people are men who apparently believe that they can sit down and pontificate about women’s lives.

            Concerning your assessment that I’m not saved, I answer to Christ alone. I don’t need people like you to justify me before God. They’re just interlopers before God, people who like to make themselves feel better because they’re so high and mighty that they feel that they can pass judgment. The rich man in the temple felt the same way, and we know what Christ thought about him.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Pro-lifers are the only true Christians. Willful Pro-choicers have no Spirit of God and therefore are unregenerated. The rich man was just proud about himself. Liberals murder innocent children. Jesus Himself cursed the destroyers of children. There is no salvation for Pro-choicers unless they repent of the murder sins and return to God and start being Pro-life.

          • RWH

            Grace. You are certainly entitled to all of your opinions, as wrong and misguided as they might be. You have no Scriptural proof that Jesus Himself cursed the destroyers of children. Yet, in the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to destroy everything when they conquered the City of Jericho. That means that they were to kill the children, the pregnant mothers, the cattle, everything. Aiken disobeyed, and Israel was punished until they killed him, his wife, his children.

            You can cherry-pick Scripture all you want, but your opinion is irrelevant. Secondly, your beliefs toward salvation, whom God loves, and whom God calls his own is unbelievably flawed. You have no Scripture to back this idea that there is no salvation for Pro-Choicers. Unless you can prove that someone actually murdered someone, they are not murderers. To use your own logic, you are a murderer as well, for you murder the reputations of those with whom you disagree. This is what is called fuzzy logic. It may make sense to you, but it makes no sense to anyone else.

            So Grace, you can rest assured with the fact that your opinions don’t cut any mustard. You can go on with your beliefs that women don’t matter, and their happiness and security is unimportant. And you can go on thinking that white men count and those of other races don’t. And you can go on thinking that the Puritans were wonderful, democratic, and welcoming people when any reputable history book would show you otherwise. However, in the United States, with our democratic form of thinking, your ideas are just one in a whole array of other ideas. You can sit in judgment all you like, but all you will do is sit in a dark corner, screaming your lungs out. In the meantime, the rest of us will go through the democratic process where we negotiate and come across with resolutions–and we will stick with our beliefs that the majority rules but the minority is also protected. And we will go on with our views that concerning childbirth, a woman has to think of herself, her husband (if she has one), her family, her economic status, and a whole bunch of other factors. Life is full of very hard choices, and in our society, we don’t take very well to people who assume dictatorial powers to control people they don’t even know nor respect.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible prohibits blasphemy, murder of the innocent, idol worship, female ordination, and sexual immorality including homosexuality. Western liberal mainline churches are not Christianity but Sodom’s apostates. Read Revelation chapter 2-3.

          • RWH

            Well, this may be your interpretation of the Revelation 2 and 3, but it is an idiosyncratic one. Anyone can speak in generalizations. It is a lot harder to produce concrete, verifiable facts. For starters, in no place is ordination mentioned, male/female or otherwise. Secondly, you know absolutely nothing about what goes on in the various churches in mainline Christianity. Third, there is nothing unchristian about treating others civilly and with respect. Although you may not think so, being gay and being promiscuous is not the same thing. This holier-than-thou attitude toward American churches in general leads me to believe that you belong to some sort of cult that delights in making itself look good by throwing rocks at others.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible condemns the Western mainliners because they endorse all the sins which God condemns. You need Christian faith to be saved.

          • RWH

            This can get interesting. Years ago, I read a novel published in 1916 called the Twinkling of an Eye. The sins the author mentioned all related to uppity women. They bobbed their hair. They wanted to work outside the home. And–gasp!–they wanted the right to vote. All of these things signaled the Second Coming. In your case, you resort to boilerplate language with broad generalizations. All of this identification from someone whom I suspect belongs to a religious cult. Cult members like to think that they’re the only ones with the truth.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Western mainline churches ceased to be Christian by supporting abortion and homosexuality. Those are against the plain Biblical teachings. It’s murder and sexual immorality even the pagans abhor. You are comparing unrelated things. God did not prohibit women’s voting but their ordination. Female ministers teach apostasy and cause sexual confusions and sexual immorality and the death of churches. Western mainline churches practically deny the existence of sins and they are not Christian.

          • RWH

            I’m so happy that you have the infinite wisdom to make such broad, sweeping generalizations. I may be uncomfortable with women clergy, but I have seen a lot of good spiritual insight coming from women, and I have heard some very good sermons preached by women. I have also heard a lot of men preaching some very stupid stuff–like women who wear pants cause men to be gay.

            Again, you know absolutely nothing about the rank and file among American churches, yet you put yourself in God’s place to judge. If you are so high and mighty about women preaching, have you thought about the possibility of God’s curse on you for pontificating on lists like this? After all, the ultra-conservatives sincerely believe that women usurp man’s place by trying to preach to them. For someone who feels that she is superior and the rest of us don’t believe the right things, this is quite significant.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, there are spiritual women, but women should never be ordained. Women who show too much skin cause men to be immoral and violent and endanger children. RWH, you are judging me. There are the Word of God and churches to be observed. The conclusions are based on the Bible words and observations on reality. God does not curse His children but the apostates are cursed. Mainline churches are dying because they don’t teach the Word of God. You must read the Word of God and take it as it is instead of picking and choosing.

          • RWH

            Grace. This may be the truth as you see it, but it is not necessarily the truth. All literary texts are subject to interpretation. There are people better versed in theology and the original languages who have come to different conclusions than you or me. Since you don’t live in the United States, I don’t think that you have a handle on the reality of the state of American churches or the believers within them. Things differ significantly depending on the region of the country where one resides.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Western mainline churches and liberal “Christians” go against the most plain teachings of the Holy Bible in the basic level. It’s nothing about interpretations or theology or languages. You guys should have some honesty and claim to be New Agers instead of falsely using the name of Christianity.

          • RWH

            Grace. There are over 250 Protestant denominations in the United States plus an assortment of Catholic and Orthodox churches, the largest being the Roman Catholic Church. You paint with a very broad brush. Would you like to tell us which particular groups you have in mind, or would you rather say that everyone else is wrong and you are right. S Secondly, what is your definition of a “New Ager?”

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The mainliners, RWH. Those who endorse abortion and homosexuality and transgenderism should be categorized as Western Hedonists and not Christians. True Christians never support infanticide and sexual immorality; both are against the entire Christian religion.

          • RWH

            Your answer isn’t good enough. You want to make broad condemning statements, you provide solid documentation. There are over 250 Protestant Denominations. Anyone can say “mainliners.” Without supporting documentation, anyone can say anything. So, you make the accusation; you provide solid supporting documentation. We’re waiting for a list of what denominations and what statements they made that show that they are “New Agers” and that they support abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism. I know of no denomination that has come out with position statements supporting any of the three. There may be disagreement, but there are people on both sides on each issue. So, unless you can provide solid evidence, we will take it that you are just full of hot air.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Silence is consent. Even though the liberal mainliners can be varied, they are guilty of letting the evil has its own way even if they did not commit the evil itself.

      • Amos Moses

        “One extreme wants carte blanche on abortions, and then there is a small bunch of creepy people that want to stick their noses into what is really none of their business.”

        so the next time i see you or my fellow man being assaulted on the street …. and bleeding …. and in need of aid ….. i should, as you put it, not “stick their noses into what is really none of their business.” …….. cool ….. hope that works out for you ……..

        • RWH

          That is a red herring argument and you know it. I never advocated anything of the sort, and it is an insult that you should take something so out of context and twist things so out of proportion. The topic at hand is abortion, not crime on the streets.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Children’s innocent life is at stake.

          • Amos Moses

            No …. that is what you are advocating …. if violence is being done …… we should all look the other way and not “stick their noses into what is really none of their business.” …… you do not get to have it both ways ….

          • RWH

            Amos. The topic at hand is abortion. It is not violence in the streets. We’re not talking about gangs, crime, or street violence. To even intimate that I am advocating looking the other way when someone is being physically harmed, robbed, or whatnot on a city street is absolutely disgusting of you. Stick to the topic and stop the libel.

          • Amos Moses

            violence against the innocent is what is at hand ….. and if you want to ignore the violence being perpetrated …… that the same can be done to you in you moment of “distress” ………. and as you say not “stick their noses into what is really none of their business.” …….. ’cause it is none of my business ….. RIGHT …………..

          • RWH

            Amos, Go to any doctor’s office and attempt to insert yourself into someone’s medical decisions, and see what happens to you. There is something called privacy. If you can’t get this concept, there is something deeply wrong with you. Try any unlawful interference with someone else’s life, and don’t be surprised if the individual doesn’t take you to court.

            You may not like abortion, but it is the law of the land, and you have absolutely no standing in any court of law to interfere with a woman’s privacy and medical conditions. People have a right to sue others for “unlawful interference.” If you can’t learn this basic fact, maybe someone will take you to court some day for such unlawful interference and wipe you out financially.

            You can scream “murder” until the cows come home. You can even scream this at a clinic, but don’t be surprised if someone doesn’t deck you one.

          • Amos Moses

            No ……. you are the one advocating that violence be ignored …… SEEK CHRIST ……… murder is NOT a private medical decision ………. it is MURDER ………. and cutting the funding of it is appropriate ………..

          • RWH

            Well, maybe in your opinion it is, but legally it isn’t. But then again, you’re dealing with situations where you don’t know all the facts. The difference between you and me is that you’re willing to go out on a limb and scream all sorts of accusations on the skimpiest of information. I’m willing to admit that I don’t know all the facts and that the decision is up to the woman and her family. At least I’m smart enough not to insert myself into the lives of perfect strangers. You can certainly feel free to do so, but you do so at your own risk. People have been known to be hauled into court for inserting themselves into the affairs of total strangers. This is why we have had “Good Samaritan” laws on the books.

          • Amos Moses

            “but legally it isn’t.”

            so if it is legal we can ignore it ….. violence ceases to be violence because you waved a magic wand of “law” ….. and you now have gone blind to violence because ….. you are advocating violence against CHILDREN ….. children in utero ….. but children no less ……….. because of a magic wand …… ummmmmm …… WOW ……..

          • RWH

            Well, Amos. Go ahead and interfere into the private affairs of a total stranger and then report back to us with your findings. About 40 years ago, while I was driving back on Long Island, I heard a news report of two people who physically tried to stop a woman from entering a clinic of some sort. I think that they may be out of prison now.

          • Amos Moses

            we do not have to interfere ….. we need to cut the funding of murder ……….

          • RWH

            It looks to me that you’re backing off. Lots of talk but no action. It was the same thing with the Summer of Mercy in Wichita, KS. Randall Terry and the others advocated civil disobedience for everyone to blockade George Tiller’s abortion clinic, but they themselves didn’t put themselves on the line. They allowed a lot of young people to get arrested. When Judge Kelley laid down the law and called in the Feds, the Operation Rescue leadership suddenly saw the need to hop on a plane and get out of town fast. When these young people later realized that a lot of job paths were now closed to them because they had an arrest record and a conviction, the leadership didn’t lift a finger to help these people out. As pastor of a church in Binghampton, NY, Randall Terry also saw the need to take out a full page ad claiming that a vote for Clinton was a sin against God. When the church lost its tax status because it violated the law, Terry suddenly got the “call” to leave the church.

            Yes, lots of name calling, lots of libel/slander, but no action.

          • Amos Moses

            “To even intimate that I am advocating looking the other way when someone is being physically harmed, robbed, or whatnot”

            a child is being harmed and your answer to that was …….. not “stick their noses into what is really none of their business.” ……….

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        No child should be killed unless the mother’s life is placed in physical danger by carrying the term. No one can have a choice to murder an innocent human being; such choice is a crime. Murder should never be committed. Christians have a holy duty to teach everyone God’s way.

  • Garden of Love

    A person’s face always reveals their character. You can tell this man has no moral sense at all, he’s just a generic politician who follows the crowd and doesn’t care if the crowd is wrong or not. Margaret Thatcher said she strived to be a “conviction politician,” and we all know how rare those are. This governor will some day have to answer to God for his acts. Claiming that a woman has a “right” to destroy her own child is loathsome and the fact that his party agrees with him will be no excuse when he meets God.