Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Bill

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a new abortion bill which would have banned abortions where the “abortion is sought because the unborn child receives a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.” The bill, which had passed in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, would have banned abortions of this situation, but allowed abortions when the “unborn child was conceived as the result of rape or incest” or “abortion is required because of a medical emergency.”

On his vetoing, Governor Wolf commented that the bill “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.” He also added how “the fundamental rights vested by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution” do not support an abortion ban of this kind.

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