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
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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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