HARRISBURG – Organizations such as PA Family Institute and Joni and Friends are urging Pennsylvanians to contact their state senators to call for a vote on legislation to protect children with Down Syndrome from being aborted. House Bill 2050, called the Down Syndrome Protection Act, bans abortion solely due to a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. At the turn of the 20th century, a baby diagnosed with Down Syndrome was not expected to live past their 10th birthday. In 2018, the life expectancy for an individual with Down Syndrome has been extended to age 60 and beyond. The bill already passed the PA House with a 71% bipartisan majority and now must await action by the state Senate. The PA Senate will return to session September 24 for a brief time and the bill needs to be voted on by the end of session or the measure will have to start over.