Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation on November 21, 2019, that would have protected unborn babies with Down syndrome. The state’s Down Syndrome Protection Act (House Bill 321) would have prohibited abortions based on the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies. Gov. Wolf’s veto happened just one day after Pennsylvania’s Republican-led Senate passed the bill by a vote of 27-22. The state currently allows abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy for any reason, with the exception of gender selection. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, approximately 6,000 babies are born each year with Down syndrome. This bill’s passage would have protected a vulnerable population in the state of Pennsylvania.
(Article published in the Pro-Life Union’s December 2019 newsletter update)