PA House advances ban on abortions over Down syndrome diagnoses

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Copyright 2004 The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A bill to ban abortions prompted by a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis is headed to the Pennsylvania Senate after passage in the House.

State representatives voted 120 to 83 on Tuesday for the bill, which provides criminal penalties for doctors who violate it.

The bill passed with Republican support. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto it if it makes it to his desk.

If it becomes law, the proposal will require a doctor who performs an abortion to provide a written statement that it was not motivated in any way by a prenatal diagnosis or test indicating Down syndrome.

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