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Proposed Abortion Clinic Restrictions at Issue in Pa. Governor's Race

September 12, 2014 — Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf said that if elected, he would not support a bill (HB 1762) that would increase restrictions on abortion clinics and could force some of them to close, Mother Jones reports.

The bill was introduced in February but has not received a vote. It would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital that offers obstetrical or gynecological services and is within 30 miles of the facility where they offer abortions.

Wolf campaign spokesperson Beth Melena called the bill "an attempt to make it more difficult for women to access reproductive health care."

A spokesperson for Gov. Tom Corbett (R), who is running for re-election, did not respond to requests for comment. However, bill sponsor state Rep. Bryan Cutler (R) said he expects that Corbett would support the measure. Corbett has supported other abortion restrictions in the past.

According to Cutler, the state Senate is not likely to consider the bill before its session ends on Nov. 12. He said he will consider reintroducing the bill next year (Liebelson, Mother Jones, 9/11).