The Pennsylvania House passed the Down Syndrome Protection Act in April and it will soon come to a vote in the Pennsylvania State Senate. It is critical that this legislation outlawing the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome becomes law. Please read the letter written by Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA President David G. Lejeune this week to the state senators, urging them to support this legislation.
Dear Pennsylvania Senators,
I am writing to ask you to support Senate Bill 1050, the Down Syndrome Protection Act.
Under current Pennsylvania law, babies with Down syndrome can be aborted up to 24 weeks gestational age. After being diagnosed with Down syndrome, many babies are aborted solely on the basis of their diagnosis.
The fact is, there are many misconceptions about Down syndrome that simply aren’t true. Individuals with Down syndrome are able to lead long, joyful, and productive lives. I know people with Down syndrome that swam the English channel, are athletes and bodybuilders, run their own businesses, and are advocates for themselves and others like them.
Just like you and me, individuals with Down syndrome bring joy and value to their families, communities, and even the world. Would we deny them that chance?
On behalf of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA which exists to further the work of the late Dr. Jerome Lejeune who discovered the cause of Down syndrome, I urge you to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortion. Please vote in favor of the Down Syndrome Protection Act.
David G. Lejeune
Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA