Pa. House overwhelmingly passes Down Syndrome Protection Act

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Beneath a quote which reads, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday testified to the truth that people with disabilities should be protected. By an overwhelming vote of 117-76, the PA House chose to …

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Pregnant mother given little support by doctors when she decided not to abort her daughter with Down syndrome

By Sarah Terzo Dee Bird was told her baby had Down syndrome and that she only had a 1% chance of surviving until birth. Abortion was suggested, but Bird decided to have her daughter Amellia. She says: “As long as Amellia is healthy and strong, she was showing me that she was putting up a …

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Planned Parenthood lobbying hard against House Bill 321, the Down Syndrome Protection Act

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Planned Parenthood has come down squarely on the side against disability rights in Pennsylvania. The abortion giant has been lobbying hard against House Bill 321, the Down Syndrome Protection Act. This common sense bill would ban abortion in cases of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. …

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Down Syndrome Protection Act could reach Pennsylvania House for final passage by next week

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Despite repeated pro-abortion Democrat stall tactics, Pennsylvania’s Down Syndrome Protection Act advanced in the House of Representatives today. This sets the stage for a showdown vote on final passage as early as next week. House Bill 321 is an important piece of disability rights legislation which …

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Down Syndrome Protection Act moving forward in Pa. Legislature

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The young woman sat in the front row of the hearing, her eyes transfixed on the state legislators who would determine the fate of people like her—children who had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. In the end, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee delivered an early Mother’s …

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson calls his friend with Down syndrome “The Rock’s Rock”

By Texas Right to Life Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world. Johnson is best known for his gargantuan muscles and seemingly superhuman strength. Now, Johnson is sharing part of the story of how he became the strong person he is today and the credit he owes …

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Parents report how they were pressured to abort their child with Down syndrome

By Sarah Terzo In an Australian documentary, couples were interviewed about how medical providers pressured them when their babies were diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome. Kathleen Simpkins has a daughter with Down syndrome. She says that when the tests came back positive for Down syndrome, the doctor tried frantically to get a hold …

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Down Syndrome Protection Act Re-Introduced in Pennsylvania

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The Down Syndrome Protection Act has been reintroduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and referred to the House Health Committee. The latest Down syndrome bill is sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R–Allegheny County) and state Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York County). The bill has also …

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Mother of baby with down syndrome is asked why she didn’t abort

By Sarah Terzo Tia Marsili has two daughters with Down syndrome. With one of them, she learned of the diagnosis in the womb and chose not to abort. She says: “My sister looked at me and said, ‘Why didn’t you abort her?’ I said, ‘What? Because we love her, and she’s my baby, and we …

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Arkansas governor signs bill banning abortion based on Down syndrome diagnosis

Also signs enhancing abortion complications reporting By Dave Andrusko Pro-life Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson today continued signing pro-life bills into law. As NRL News Today reported last Wednesday, the House passed SB l2 that would protect unborn babies who would be aborted solely because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The vote was a …

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The value of support following a Down Syndrome diagnosis

Editor’s note. This appears on the webpage of the Canadian pro-life organization, We Need a Law. Recently, we shared a story about how a doctor and obstetrician repeatedly pressured a mother to abort her child due to her potential Down syndrome diagnosis. The positive story shared below contrasts with that, and shows what a difference …

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Bill banning abortions based on Down syndrome diagnosis sent to Arkansas governor

By Dave Andrusko Another pro-life bill has made its way to the desk of pro-life Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. On Wednesday, by a lopsided 75-11 vote, the House passed Senate Bill 2 that would protect unborn babies who would be aborted solely because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Senate passed the same …

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