An extra effort for those with an extra chromosome

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

baby in crib 620x300Pennsylvania lawmakers are again taking action intended to save a segment of the population often denied a chance at life.

The Down Syndrome Protection Act (House Bill 321) has been reintroduced in both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature to ban abortion of Down syndrome babies. Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania has labeled it "yet another unconstitutional attempt to ban safe, legal abortion" in the state. But Maria Gallagher, legislative director at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, calls it a commonsense piece of disability rights legislation.

"The Down Syndrome bill … would ban abortion for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis, which is so very important because we see [that] up to 90 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted," she tells OneNewsNow.

Gallagher

HB 321 is being reintroduced because when it was last brought forward, it passed the State House by a veto-proof, bipartisan majority of 139-56 – but it stalled in the State Senate. Gallagher says there's a good chance of getting it passed this time in both chambers.

The pro-life spokesperson emphasizes that people with the extra chromosome largely live happy lives and are a plus to society.

"In fact, the National Down Syndrome Society notes that people with Down syndrome go to work, go to school, vote, have meaningful relationships, and contribute greatly to society in many different ways," she explains.

According to Gallagher, the problem is getting Governor Tom Wolf to sign the bill. The Democratic governor is strongly pro-abortion, so Gallagher's group is launching a campaign calling on people to contact his office, letting him know they want the bill signed into law.

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