PA Senate passes bill that would prohibit abortion based on prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit an abortion based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

The bill, which previously passed the state House, was introduced to the Senate by Sen. Scott Martin.

“This bill aims to prevent an entire class of people from being erased on the sole basis of a disability,” he said. “I have been blessed to meet many people who have Down syndrome who deeply enrich the lives of their family and friends, as well as the communities where they live. This bill is an affirmation that their lives are worth living.”

Eric Failing, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, said, “We believe this legislation gives all children, regardless of their condition, the right to live a happy life. PCC thanks all legislators who supported this vital piece of legislation that will save lives.”

Gov. Tom Wolf said on Twitter Wednesday that he will veto the bill.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is an opponent of the bill. It’s executive director, Reggie Shuford, issued this statement: 

“Supporters of this bill have disguised their anti-abortion agenda under the cover of disability rights. If the supporters are so concerned about people with disabilities, we encourage them to create and boost programs that allow people with disabilities to live full and independent lives.”

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