Pa. bills would ban abortions based on Down syndrome

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

A group of anti-abortion lawmakers on Monday unveiled legislation meant to bar women from being able to get abortions because their babies have Down syndrome.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's spokesman said the governor believes health decisions should be between a woman and her doctor, not politicians in Harrisburg. On Monday, she spoke out for a pair of bills being introduced in legislature. Pennsylvania is already home to Chloe's Law, a measure named after high school student Chloe Kondrich, who has down syndrome.

There are now four other states who have similar laws on the books: Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota and Louisiana.

Currently, Pennsylvania law allows for abortion prior to 24 weeks for any reason except gender. Martin said. "None of us".

Supporters include the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, which says every life is worth protecting.

"Now more than ever, babies born with Down syndrome have the opportunity to live long, happy, and productive lives". The law provides resources and support to parents who learn that their unborn children may have down syndrome.

Karen Gaffney is an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities. She is the first person with Down Syndrome to swim the English Channel.

She said that decades ago people with Down syndrome were confined to institutions. PA State Rep Mike Turzai says, "every human life is worth living and has dignity. every human life".

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