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Pennsylvania Senate nears vote on new abortion restrictions

The Pennsylvania Senate signaled Monday that it will give swift election-year consideration to new restrictions on elective abortions, amid a veto threat from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and opposition by the state's largest doctors' group.

The Judiciary Committee's party-line 9-5 vote Monday, after a testy debate, set up a potential floor vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to send the bill to Wolf's desk.

The GOP-controlled House passed the bill last month, 132-65, in a tally that approached the number necessary to override a governor's veto.

Hearings were not held on the bill, which is getting fast consideration at a time when lawmakers are juggling highly...

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