Guaranteeing the right to life for all children of Pennsylvania

As a freshman state lawmaker, wife and mother blessed with three amazing sons, I unapologetically believe all future Pennsylvania children deserve the right to be born.

That’s why I am proud to be among the original co-sponsors of Rep. Kate Klunk’s (R-York) pro-life legislation which would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome (House Bill 321).

Recent studies confirm about 85 percent of Down syndrome diagnosed pregnancies in the United States are terminated through abortion, which means about 34,000 Down syndrome babies are denied the chance to live.

What’s even more tragic, as we recognize National Down Syndrome Day on March 21, is the ever-increasing number of Down syndrome abortions that are occurring around the globe.

In Britain, the abortion rate is as high as 90 percent, while abortion supporters in Iceland callously brag about eliminating all children with Down syndrome. In the larger picture, mothers from around the world are being directly pressured or advised to abort these children by genetic counselors and the culture.

Final passage of Rep. Klunk’s pro-life legislation would bring an end to the implementation of this genocidal philosophy in Pennsylvania, which is unconscionably being advanced by Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion provider.

There are just as many scientific facts and statistics, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt, that children born with Down syndrome and other disabilities are all precious lives worth living.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 93 percent of American babies born with Down Syndrome live to their first birthday and 88 percent live to their 20s.

Due to extraordinary advancements in medicine, the life expectancy for babies born with Down syndrome in 2019 has been extended to age 60 and beyond.

Under current Pennsylvania law, a woman can obtain an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child.

House Bill 321 would simply expand that exception to prohibit aborting a child due solely to a prenatal diagnosis that the unborn child may have Down syndrome.

The legislation also contains no restrictions on a mother obtaining an abortion in cases of rape, incest or personal endangerment.

Last session, similar legislation passed the House with a veto proof, bipartisan vote of 139-56.

Whether it’s supporting our honored veterans, opposing the spread of abortion on demand, preventing elder abuse or ensuring appropriate care for children with special needs, my decisions as a state lawmaker will always be firmly grounded on the side of protecting and preserving the sanctity of all human life.

There is simply no justifiable or convenient excuse for aborting an unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome.

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Centre/Clinton, represents the 76th House District encompassing all of Clinton County and the Centre County communities of Benner, Boggs, Burnside, Curtin, Haines, Howard, Liberty, Marion, Miles, Snow Shoe and Union townships and the boroughs of Howard, Milesburg, Snow Shoe and Unionville.