Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Down Syndrome Abortion Bill

Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoed Bill that Would Have Banned Abortions over Down Syndrome

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions in case a fetus is diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

The governor said the legislation is a restriction on women and medical professionals and interferes with women’s health care and crucial decision-making between them and medical professionals.

Wolf said patients and their physicians should be allowed to decide on medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care.

The State of Pennsylvania allows abortions at up to the 24th week of pregnancy except to select a gender. If the bill had passed, it would have prohibited abortion in case a fetus was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, except in incidents of rape, incest, or medical emergency.

Those who supported the bill argued that it would have protected a vulnerable population.