State Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward defends position to block child sexual abuse legislation – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Child sex abuse victims and their advocates have criticized State Senator Kim Ward for blocking legislation that would provide a two-year deadline to prosecute their alleged abusers.
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Now Ward is defending his position. State Senate Majority Leader Ward told KDKA’s Andy Sheehan that the bill to temporarily extend the statute of limitations is unconstitutional and would open the door to prosecution.
She has denied accusations by some lawyers that she is under pressure from the Catholic Church.
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“I have no church money. I am not influenced by the church. I try to follow the constitution and do whatever it takes for the victims, ”Ward said.
“What the victims went through is horrific. I can’t even tell you. It hurts my heart. So just because we haven’t adopted it right away on this timeline doesn’t mean that it doesn’t want us to work on it and look for a solution to do it, ”Ward said.
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Ward said she was working with legal experts to craft a bill that would stand in the courts.