Pa. House again passes bill to ban Down syndrome abortion

Tony Romeo
May 15, 2019 - 4:00 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania House has, for a second time, passed a bill that would ban abortions performed on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis. 

Supporters, including Republican Bryan Cutler, the House majority leader, argued that the bill banning Down syndrome abortions merely adds to an existing restriction. 

“I would offer that our existing Abortion Control Act currently has a prohibition on sex selection. Respectfully, this was not challenged previously. It is also a genetic trait," Cutler said.  

“This bill is an abortion ban, plain and simple. A ban is a ban is a ban," said Leanne Krueger, a Democrat from Delaware County.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain. 

The House passed a Down syndrome abortion ban in the last two-year session of the legislature. That bill failed to get through the Senate, and a spokeswoman for Senate majority Republicans says this bill has yet to be discussed. Even if it passes the Senate, the bill faces a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf.