PA Rep. Kate Klunk tells us that she is going to be reintroducing her Down Syndrome Protection Act legislation in the coming days. The PA Catholic Conference has supported Rep. Klunk all the way on this measure, which made it through both the House and Senate last session before being vetoed by Governor Wolf in November of 2019.
“I have to say it’s probably my most appreciated bill from people across the state,” Klunk told me on a visit to her Capitol office. “Families have written to me that would be impacted by it. I truly wear that veto as a badge of honor for those families that we stand up for to protect that life.”
Klunk is a Co-Chair for the PA Pro-Life Caucus and just gave birth to her second daughter three months ago. She has been very passionate in preserving all life.
“There are countries that say we’ve eradicated Down syndrome,”she said. “Really what that means is that you’re eradicating people—people who matter in our families, who bring so much joy to our lives, who add value to your businesses, all across this state and all across this nation.”
Klunk was looking forward to a hearing on abortion on Thursday, April 8 before the House Health Committee, which she is a part of.
“We need to delve into the numbers, the numbers of abortions that are happening here in Pennsylvania. What do those numbers really mean? Who is getting abortions? Those statistics show that there are some very young girls who are getting abortions.—very young teenagers—12, 13, 14 years old, who are getting abortions and why is that happening? There is clearly something going on their life…and we need to make sure that we are protecting them–that we are getting into the details of why that is happening. Are they being protected? Is there something going on within the family unit and what is our government doing to help protect those children?”