Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

The House passed one bill that drew fiery opposition and another that won nearly the entire chamber's support during session Monday.

The former, a bill to ban abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, touched on a partisan wedge issue. The latter, having high school students take a civics test at some point before graduation, was a far easier sell.

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Down Syndrome abortion ban passes House Health committee

Down Syndrome abortion ban passes House Health committee

By a 17-9 vote, the House Health Committee advanced a bill to the House floor Monday that would ban abortion solely because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

The vote fell nearly along party lines except for Rep. Gerard Mullery (D-Luzerne) joining Republicans voting in the affirmative.

Monday, April 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Legislators, advocates and those affected rally for bill to prohibit abortion of children with Down syndrome

Legislators, advocates and those affected rally for bill to prohibit abortion of children with Down syndrome

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) spoke at a rally Monday afternoon to discuss House Bill 2050. This bill would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Costa primary forum shows progressive fire for a fight in Harrisburg

Costa primary forum shows progressive fire for a fight in Harrisburg

Facing his first electoral challenge in eight years, State Representative Paul Costa (D-Allegheny) bobbed and weaved through a whirlwind candidates’ forum Monday night, relying on his record to try to make his case for reelection. 
 
Costa’s challenger, 30 year old Braddock native community activist Summer Lee, already has the endorsement of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, and has followed through on their support with progressive rhetoric. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Turzai and Ward create legislation to ban abortion for babies with Down Syndrome

Turzai and Ward create legislation to ban abortion for babies with Down Syndrome

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) have joined together to create legislation that would make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion based solely on the fact that a baby has Down Syndrome.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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