Gillespie removed his name from the bill because “It asks for proof of rape and I do not support the language.”
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he said that he hadn’t seen the bill before he agreed to join on as one of the co-sponsors.
The only Democrat among the bill’s co-sponsors, Tom Caltagirone, D-127, Berks County, pulled out as well, claiming his name had been put on it in error.
Meanwhile, Swanger told several news organizations, including the Inquirer and The Daily Beast, an online news website, that she yanked the bill after a flood of calls from reporters.
Swanger said she hoped to model the Pennsylvania bill after a successful law passed in New Jersey that limited welfare funds to families as they continued to have children.
An assistant in Swanger’s Lebanon office said that the state representative plans to re-submit the bill, albeit with different language, in the next House session.
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