Committee Votes to Stop the Prenatal Targeting of Babies with Down Syndrome

Below is a Press Release from the Pennsylvania Family Institute on House Bill 321, Down Syndrome Protection Act.   If you would, please say thank you to these Senate Committee members who just voted Yes on the Down Syndrome Protection Act. Contact information is below.  

PA Family Institute applauds vote on House Bill 321 and the effort to end the targeting of babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

A Life Worth Living

(HARRISBURG, PA – November 18, 2019) Pennsylvania Family Institute applauds today’s vote by the PA Senate Health Committee on the Down Syndrome Protection Act, House Bill 321, as another step towards truly celebrating people with Down syndrome in Pennsylvania.

“Today’s vote, along with the passage by the PA House, sends a compassionate message to Pennsylvania communities that no human being should be targeted for death by abortion because of a disability.” says Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

“We are thankful for the leadership of Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) and Representative Kate Klunk (R-York County) in sponsoring this legislation, for Senator Michele Brooks (R-Mercer) and her leadership in the Senate Health Committee and for all the

Senators who voted in favor of this much-needed legislation.”

The Down Syndrome Protection Act would prohibit an abortion solely based on a diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome, and would augment the Pennsylvania law that already prohibits abortions solely based on the sex of the baby. Families across Pennsylvania join international disability rights champions such as Joni Eareckson Tada and  Karen Gaffney in strongly supporting this legislation.

“Countries like Iceland and Denmark are aborting nearly every child diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb,” comments Dan Bartkowiak, Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Family Institute. “Here in America, we’re trending towards Iceland with the majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome being

aborted. Pennsylvania is better than this. Let’s stop medical professionals from coercing women to abort their child solely because of Down syndrome, and let’s truly celebrate people with Down syndrome for the wonderful contributions they make to our state.”

Under current Pennsylvania law, a woman can obtain an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason if a physician deems it is necessary, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child. This bill would simply expand that exception.

The PA House of Representatives already passed HB321 back in May by a 117-76 vote. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

“We call on the Senate to pass this important legislation to stop this form of eugenics by protecting the most vulnerable among our citizens.”

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Urge your PA State Leadership and State Senator to Pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act

We need your help to pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act

Below is an article from Sue Swayze Liebel, State Director of the Susan B. Anthony List. She is urging us to take action and to pass on the following information.

Right now, you have a chance to put Pennsylvania on the map as a state that proudly protects the right to life of unborn babies with Down syndrome. In Pennsylvania, prenatal testing for Down syndrome is on the rise and the majority of babies given the diagnosis are aborted.

Your elected officials have a choice: accept the targeting of children with Down syndrome for or celebrate their lives from the moment of their diagnosis. That’s why I’m calling on you to take two important pro-life actions right now:

1Call your State Senator at their Harrisburg office and encourage them to do all they can to pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act this year. For a phone number for your State Senator, click here. For more on the legislation:

2. Recruit others to do the same.
Share this action alert or stories that convey the importance of passing this into law:
A Life Worth Living” photo series and videos: Senator Scott Martin , Lead sponsor, Down Syndrome Protection Act, Senator Joe Scarnati and Disability Rights Champion, Karen Gaffney

Can I just tell you how thankful I am for our friends at the PA Family Council who have been advocating for years now, on behalf of children with Down syndrome by fighting for the passage of the Down Syndrome Protection Act.

There’s just seven session days left this year for the PA Senate to pass the bill before heading into 2020. The time for you to act is NOW.

Below I’ve included even more action items for you, once you’ve done the first two above.

Here’s a list of Harrisburg office phone numbers for senators in leadership roles that can influence a vote taking place:
Majority Leader Jake Corman: (717) 787-1377
• President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati: (717) 787-7084
• Majority Whip Senator John Gordner: (717) 787-8928
• Senate HHS Committee Chair Senator Michele Brooks:
(717) 787-1322

Another simple (but effective) action you can take is to use social media to call on legislators to bring the bill up for a vote this month. Feel free to retweet/share these social media posts, or create your own:
Majority Leader Jake Corman
President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati
Majority Whip Senator John Gordner
Senate HHS Committee Chair Senator Michele Brooks

Thank you for speaking UP and being a voice for the voiceless!
For Life,
Sue Swayze Liebel
State Director, Susan B. Anthony List

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 garnered dozens of co-sponsors from all across the political spectrum.

The popular bill passed the House last session by an overwhelming, bipartisan, veto-proof majority, but stalled in the state Senate.

Article continues at NRL News Today  

Action Item: 

If you live in Pennsylvania, please call your state Representative and urge him or her to support the Down Syndrome Protection Act. Click here  for contact information.