Thursday, February 23, 2017

Roundtable on abortion bills today at Swarthmore

The heated debate over a controversial abortion bill making its way through the state Legislature is headed to Delaware County today.

State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161, of Swarthmore will host a roundtable discussion on Senate Bill 3 at Swarthmore college at 2 p.m. Among those attending will be Gov. Tom Wolf.

Senate Bill 3 would change the existing abortion laws in the state, banning elective procedures after 20 weeks, instead of the 24-week limit now in place. It passed the Senate, with both Delco senators splitting along party lines. Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, and Sen. Tom Killion, R-9, voted in favor; Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, and Sen. Anthony Williams, D-1, voted against.

State Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest, introduced a companion bill in the House on Tuesday. House Bill 77 mirrors SB 3 in being one of the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.

Krueger-Braneky and Wolf will hear testimony from medical professionals, midwives, high-risk OBGYNs and individuals with personal stories relating to abortion from Delaware County.

The roundtable is slated for 2 p.m. in Bond Memorial Hall at Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave.

We'll be there to cover it.

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