Bill Banning Down syndrome Abortions Passes State House, Gov. Plans to Veto
A bill that would ban abortions that come from prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses, passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The bill contains exceptions if the fetus was conceived through rape or incest. Under the bill the punishment for any person who violates the provisions of the section is subject to a third degree felony. Any physician who violates it would be guilty of unprofessional conduct.
Before it could become law, the bill would need to pass the state senate, which reconvenes in June. In a statement the governor's spokesperson J.J. Abbott told Erie News Now that Governor Wolf plans to veto the bill.
The vote comes during multiple abortion restrictions being passed in more conservative states in the South and Midwest.