The abortion chain Planned Parenthood celebrated a victory Monday when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed a bill that would have protected nearly fully-formed unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.
State Sen. Michele Brooks’ Senate Bill 3 passed the state legislature last week with strong, bipartisan support. The legislation prohibited brutal dismemberment abortions that tear nearly fully-formed unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are beating, and ban abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain.
But Gov. Tom Wolf and abortion activists in Pennsylvania fought hard against the bill, mischaracterizing it as a “cruel” attempt to restrict women’s access to abortion, according to the York Daily Record.
Planned Parenthood, which proudly hails Wolf as a former volunteer and close supporter, praised the governor Monday.
— PlannedParenthood PA (@PPAdvocatesPA) December 18, 2017
“This legislation is a disingenuous and bald-faced attempt to create the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country,” Wolf said in a statement Monday. “This legislation is an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care, and this legislation destroys health care options for victims of the horrors of rape and incest.”
Wolf has close ties to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America, and appointed one of the abortion chain’s board members as his chief of staff. He also volunteered as an abortion clinic escort for Planned Parenthood and received strong support from the abortion industry during his election campaign.
He currently is running for re-election, and Planned Parenthood is expected to be one of his biggest supporters again.
Brooks, who sponsored the bill, pointed out what Wolf and Planned Parenthood really are supporting.
“The people who say this legislation is ‘radical’ and ‘cruel’ are the same people who believe it is acceptable to tear the arms and legs off a six-month-old baby in utero,” Brooks said after Wolf vetoed the legislation. “That’s cruel and radical.
“I find it radical and cruel for the governor to protect someone on death row who could have raped and murdered women, but pulling a baby apart limb from limb is somehow acceptable, and they are innocent,” she continued
Brooks blasted the governor for parroting Planned Parenthood’s talking points and refusing her invitation to discuss the bill together. She said she is praying that he will have a change of heart.
Some of the strongest advocates of the bill were female lawmakers, including Brooks, state Rep. Dawn Keefer, state Rep. Judy Ward and state Rep. Kathy Rapp.
About 1,550 babies are killed in Pennsylvania every year in dismemberment abortions. State Department of Health reports indicate that nearly 400 unborn babies are aborted past 20 weeks annually.
A handful of states also have passed dismemberment abortion bans, which are the brainchild of the National Right to Life Committee.
The bill also is modeled, in part, after the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which 16 states have passed into law. The legislation prohibits later-term abortions after 20 weeks as medical advancements push the line of viability earlier in pregnancy and as substantial medical evidence indicates unborn babies at this stage are capable of experiencing pain.