Down Syndrome Abortion Bill Vetoed

Down Syndrome Abortion Bill Vetoed

Tom Wolf, Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania, vetoed a bill last week that banned abortions of fetuses with Down Syndrome.

Wolf commented on this matter in an online statement:

“This legislation is a restriction on women and medical professionals and interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians. Physicians and their patients must be able to make choices about medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care.”

Wolf also said that there was “no evidence that this bill is needed in Pennsylvania.” Supporters of this bill strongly disagree with Wolf’s sentiment by claiming that it helps to protect a vulnerable population.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, there are around 6,000 babies born with the chromosomal abnormality in America each year. There are no reliable statistics on how many women in Pennsylvania, or the US, choose to abort a fetus when they learn it has Down syndrome. Pennsylvania also currently allows for women to get abortions as late as 24 weeks.

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