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In Ohio, This Bill Will Ban Abortions of Babies with Down Syndrome

Doug Bean : May 11, 2017  LifeSiteNews.com

"While abortion is never right, it is particularly egregious that a child would be targeted for destruction based on a disability..." -Katie Franklin of Ohio Right to Life

(Columbus, OH)—[LifeSiteNews] Ohio continues to bring forth bills to restrict abortions in the state. (Photo: Shutterstock/via LifeSiteNews.com)

A bill that would prevent abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis was unveiled today in the Ohio House by Representatives by Sarah LaTourette, R-Chesterland, and Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Township. That comes on the heels of a bill introduced in the Senate last week that would ban dismemberment abortions during the second trimester of pregnancy.

The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (HB 214) is co-sponsored by 18 members of the House. Ohio Right to Life noted that studies indicate 90 percent of unborn children with Down syndrome are aborted. And in at least one European country, 100 percent of the babies with a Down diagnosis are killed in the womb.

"This legislation puts the spotlight on a horrific eugenic practice that is taking place right here in America and around the world," Katie Franklin of Ohio Right to Life said in an email to LifeSiteNews. "While abortion is never right, it is particularly egregious that a child would be targeted for destruction based on a disability. Ohio can do better, and this legislation gives us the opportunity to...

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