Pa. House responds to tragically high number of abortions of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Pennsylvania lawmakers are sending a strong message to Governor Tom Wolf: Protect preborn babies with Down syndrome!

By a bipartisan vote of 120-83, the  House of Representatives Tuesday passed the Down Syndrome Protection Act. The measure, known as House Bill 1500, would ban abortion for the sole reason of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

“A diagnosis of Down syndrome shouldn’t be a reason to end a viable life,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover).

“Rather, each life should be celebrated.”

The bill is a response to the astronomically high number of abortions of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. Research indicates the vast majority of babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted.

This massive tragedy is occurring despite the fact that people with Down syndrome have made great strides in the past few decades. They contribute greatly to our workplaces, schools, communities, and families. In addition, the life expectancy of individuals with Down syndrome has risen from 10 years of age back in 1960 to more than 60 years of age today.

“People with Down syndrome are some of the most caring, loving, and nurturing people I have ever met,” Rep. Klunk said. “We must work to protect the Down syndrome community from the stigma it suffers from the practice of Down syndrome-selective abortions.”  

The bill now moves to the Pennsylvania Senate for consideration.

Action Item: If you live in Pennsylvania, please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support the Down Syndrome Protection Act, House Bill 1500. You can send a message to your state Senator by clicking here (  https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=13282 ).