The state House has been pushing hard to pass restrictions on abortion recently. Most recently was HB2050 that would have a “chilling effect” on getting abortion advice from doctors whenever Down’s Syndrome is a possibility. Previously was SB3 which would have unconstitutionally put further restrictions on abortion, but was vetoed by the governor.

In both cases, our current state representative Anita Kulik voted YES on both bills – that is, she voted FOR extra unconstitutional restrictions. I encourage you to write to her and ask her why. I did, and am waiting for her repsonse.

I will not accept these attempts at restricting a woman’s right to choose. While the situation is sometimes an uncomfortable one, that is exactly the point – pregnancies do not always go perfectly and sometimes require tough decisions. Laws should not be making hard decisions for us, it should be a decision left to individuals upon consultation with doctors. Even if it was not the intent, such bills can and do have a “chilling effect” that makes doctors and patients afraid to talk about the issue due to fears of legal ramifications.

If we wish to do more for children with Down’s Syndrome, we should ensure they (through their parents) have access to healthy food and vitamins, a single payer healthcare system that guarantees proper treatment, and a well-funded public education with special education programs at every school district in the state. Why aren’t our state representatives pushing harder for these programs for our children instead of multiple attempts at restricting abortion?

The two votes are at: 1) http://www.legis.state.pa.us/…/…/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm… 2) http://www.legis.state.pa.us/…/…/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm…

An article about Wolf’s veto is at: http://www.mcall.com/…/mc-nws-abortion-bill-veto-20171212-s…