Oklahoma May Ban Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 23, 2017   

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OKLAHOMA CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to ban abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome and any other genetic disorders.

The House passed HB 1549 — the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017 — on Tuesday by a 67–16 vote. HB 1549 reads, "No person may intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion with knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with either Down syndrome or a potential for Down syndrome."

Abortion is murder. No compromises are allowable. None.

The bill contains no exceptions for incest, rape or health of the mother. State Rep. John Bennett declared, "God speaks very clearly in the Bible about the value of unborn life. Abortion offends God. It's plain and simple. The anti-abortion struggle has always been religious. There are no options: Abortion is murder. No compromises are allowable. None."

The bill on its way to the Senate also bans abortion of babies with any other "genetic abnormality." This includes "any physical disability, any mental disability or retardation, any physical disfigurement, scoliosis, dwarfism, Down syndrome, albinism, amyelia or any other type of physical or mental abnormality or disease."
Doctors who knowingly violate the act will have their licenses revoked: "Any physician who performs an abortion in violation of this act shall be considered to have engaged in unprofessional conduct for which his or her license to provide health care services in the State of Oklahoma shall be suspended or revoked."
Pro-abortion advocates are pushing for exceptions to pro-life legislation based on genetic abnormalities. Indiana last year signed into law HB 1337, which banned abortions based on sex, race, disability, Down syndrome and fetal abnormalities. Planned Parenthood, however, pushed back. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood challenging the law.
Last week it was reported that Iceland aborts 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. 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."
The attack on Down syndrome babies is global. Denmark is a close second to Iceland in performing such abortions. Great Britain and the United States are aborting roughly 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with this birth defect.
This contrasts with the fact that even secular news agencies are reporting parents who rear children diagnosed with Down syndrome are happier because of it. NBC News in 2011 cited a study by Dr. Brian Skotko, a clinical fellow in genetics at Children's Hospital Boston, that found: "Among 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79 percent reported their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down syndrome."
Skotko's study also revealed that siblings of Down syndrome children were actually happier. "Skotko also found 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."
The study further concluded that children with Down syndrome also grew up to be happy adults. "A third study evaluating how adults with Down syndrome felt about themselves reports 99 percent responded they were happy with their lives, 97 percent liked who they are and 96 percent liked how they looked."


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