Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Promises to Veto Pro-Life Bills Saving Babies From Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 26, 2021   |   4:34PM   |   Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a close ally of the billion-dollar abortion industry, promised again this week to veto any pro-life bills that reach his desk.

Three pro-life bills advanced in the state House on Tuesday, but the Democrat governor issued a statement soon afterward criticizing the legislation, the Times Leader reports.

“While members of the Legislature continue to play politics around health choices, I will not let the commonwealth go backwards on reproductive rights or access to health care,” Wolf said in the statement. “I will veto any anti-choice legislation that lands on my desk.”

One of the bills that passed, the Down Syndrome Protection Act (state House Bill 1500), would prohibit discriminatory abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome by adding to a state law that bans sex-selection abortions.

Wolf vetoed an identical bill in 2019, according to the report. In 2017, he also vetoed a bill that would have protected second-trimester unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.

On Tuesday, state House lawmakers also advanced bills to prohibit abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable and to require health care facilities to give parents the option of burial or cremation after the death of their unborn baby.

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In his statement, Wolf slammed the legislation as “appalling,” according to MSN News. “I want to be clear: I stand firm in my commitment and support of reproductive rights,” he continued.

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, the lead sponsor of the heartbeat bill, said the governor will not stop her from working to protect unborn babies.

“Whether the governor vetoes this legislation is irrelevant,” she responded, according to the report. “Ultimately, I am fully accountable to Almighty God, the Author of Life, whose word proclaims that he knew us before we were knitted together in our mother’s womb.”

The Pennsylvania legislature is controlled by Republicans, and some Democrat state lawmakers are pro-life. However, it is not clear if there would be enough votes to override the governor’s veto.

Wolf has close ties to Planned Parenthood, having once been a volunteer at one of its Pennsylvania abortion facilities. The abortion chain spent a record $1.5 million to support his re-election in 2018.

Americans support strong limits on abortion. A 2019 Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. Gallup polls also consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a Mississippi case that many believe directly challenges Roe v. Wade and could allow states to protect unborn babies once again. At issue in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”

In 1973, the Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade, and instead forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.