Bill Protecting Babies with Down Syndrome Diagnoses Passes Pennsylvania House of Representative

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Preborn babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome will be protected under a bill passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The House approved the measure on Monday.

“People with Down syndrome contribute greatly to our families, workplaces, and communities,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Pennsylvania affiliate of National Right to Life. “Their lives should be protected.”

Under current state law, a woman can have an abortion prior to 24 weeks for any reason except if the woman’s sole reason is sex selection. This legislation would simply expand that exception to include a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

“This is an important disability rights bill. There is no greater form of discrimination than denying an individual the right to life,” Gallagher said. “It is time for the systematic and pervasive discrimination against people with Down syndrome to end,” she added.