Columbus, OH – The Ohio State Legislature has passed a bill which would ban a mother from aborting a child simply because of a diagnosis in utero with Down Syndrome. The bill now moves to Governor John Kasich’s desk where it is likely to be signed into law.
The legislation, when signed into law by Governor Kasich would make it a fourth-degree felony for a doctor to perform an abortion based on knowledge of Down syndrome and would require the state medical board to revoke the doctor’s license if convicted.The move has been hailed as a victory for human life by pro-life advocates that claim allowing abortion simply because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis is tantamount to eugenics.
The pro-life movement is claiming that this is a massive victory for them as it is likely this law will be challenged in court and possibly be sent to the now conservative leaning Supreme Court. A Supreme Court ruling in favor of this law would potentially be the greatest victory for the pro-life movement since before the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion across the United States.
“We commend Ohio lawmakers for moving to end lethal discrimination against unborn children with Down syndrome,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group based in Washington, D.C.
“Research has shown that individuals with Down syndrome are among the happiest people in the world and bring tremendous joy and love to their families – but, tragically, mixed messages from society and many in the medical community target them for abortion at alarming rates.”