Ohio Ban on Down Syndrome Abortions Goes to Gov’s Desk

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 14, 2017   

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - Ohio lawmakers are making it illegal to abort babies due to Down syndrome.

On December 13, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 214 (HB 214) which forbids an abortion from being performed if an unborn baby has been diagnosed or is suspected of having Down syndrome. An abortionist would face the revocation of his or her medical license, a fourth-degree felony charge which includes a $5,000 fine and 18 months in prison.

Paula Westwood, public policy chair for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, tells Church Militant, "Our goal is always to save all babies from abortion ... and whether their lives are long or short or productive according to our culture, it doesn't really matter."

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Legislative consultant Barry Sheets, a pro-life lobbyist who helped to pass HB214, comments:

If we believe that life is precious no matter how God forms it in the womb, we need to extend our protection to these defenseless children even more so than we do to the healthy unborn who are being aborted because of convenience's sake in our culture. We want to make sure we have equal justice under our laws for all defenseless, unborn children.

Ohio is the third state to ban abortion on children with Down syndrome, along with North Dakota and Indiana. Although Oklahoma lawmakers voted in March to ban abortions on children with Down syndrome, a court order has blocked the law.

The push for eugenic abortions has increased over the last few years, especially in Iceland, where it was reported 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

Dr. Peter McParland, an ob-gyn at National Maternity Hospital, the largest maternity hospital in Ireland, affirmed, "In Iceland, every single baby — 100 percent of all those diagnosed with Down syndrome — are aborted."

In August, CBS News claimed, "Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion." Hollywood actor and pro-life advocate Patricia Heaton fired back, "Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference."

Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.

Both the United States, Great Britain and Denmark follow Iceland, aborting about 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Recently, a woman with Down syndrome spoke out against a claim made by a representative of the United Nations' Human Rights Committee, who claimed women should be able to abort their Down syndrome children.

Identified only as Charlotte, she slams the so-called expert, claiming, "Your comments about people with Down syndrome deeply offend me." She goes on, "I'm a human being just like you. Our only difference is an extra chromosome. My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir."

She asks him, "Why are you not crying out when people like me are being made extinct?"

A study reported in 2011 that "Among 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79 percent reported their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down syndrome."

It concluded that 99 percent of children with Down syndrome were happy with their lives, 97 percent liked who they are, and 96 percent liked how they look.

It revealed siblings of Down syndrome children were actually happier, finding that "among siblings ages 12 and older, 97 percent expressed feelings of pride about their brother or sister with Down syndrome, and 88 percent were convinced they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome."

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