Down Syndrome Bills Front and Center in PA
Pennsylvania Pastors Network Urges Churches to Educate Community About Proposed Abortion Law That Protects Valued Members of Society
PHILADELPHIA—Pro-life Pennsylvanians are urging residents to contact legislators about two bills—HB 2050 and SB 1050—that protect unborn children who are diagnosed with Down syndrome.
And the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN) is encouraging Christians, pastors and church leaders to spread the word about this important issue as the lawmaker votes near.
The House Bill passed the Appropriations Committee Monday, and the Senate Bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee in March. HB 2050 amends the Abortion Control Act to prohibit abortion based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
“These bills are crucial sanctity of life issues in our state,” said PPN Executive Director Gary Dull. “Family organizations, churches and pro-life groups are coming together to ensure that unborn babies who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome are given a chance at life. We must show that all are valued members of society and will make meaningful contributions over their precious lifetimes.”
Reports the Pennsylvania Family Council and Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI), the “vast majority of women who are given a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome elect to have an abortion. In countries like Iceland, these babies are aborted nearly 100 percent of the time.” Additionally, under current Pennsylvania law, a woman can obtain an abortion up to six months in pregnancy for any reason, with only one exception—if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child.
“Pennsylvania should be a place where every individual—including those with Down syndrome—is protected, respected and valued,” PFI urges.
For more information on the initiative, including stories of Pennsylvania families and how to contact legislators, visit tinyurl.com/ValueAll.
The Pennsylvania Pastors Network, a state chapter of the American Pastors Network, is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine, public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a nonpartisan basis.
PPN encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on PPN, visit its website at www.papastors.net, its Facebook page or call 610.901.3607.