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NO you can't abort your Down's baby in Ohio
by Anonymous
December 14, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Ohio legislature passes bill barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

  
Ohio legislature passes bill barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis
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The Ohio legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit women from getting abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis. 

Republican Gov. John Kasich is likely to sign it. 

The bill 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. 


Similar bills have passed in Indiana and North Dakota. 

Kasich has in recent weeks called the legislation "appropriate." 

Anti-abortion groups cheered the passage and urged Kasich to quickly sign the bill. 

“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." 

Abortion rights groups say the bill disregards the circumstances surrounding each woman's pregnancy. 

"This bill prevents a woman from having honest conversations about her options with her physician following a complicated medical diagnosis," NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said in a statement. 

"Kasich should veto it."

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  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    December 14, 2017 at 6:17 PM
    You can give their asses up for adoption though
  • Anonymous 3
    by Anonymous 3
    December 14, 2017 at 6:17 PM
    So how are they going to prove the abortion was because of Downs Syndrome?
  • Southern_Song
    Jo
    December 14, 2017 at 6:18 PM
    Good. God made them exactly how they were meant to be. Perfect
  • Anonymous 4
    by Anonymous 4
    December 14, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    I am pro-life, so it doesn't matter to me..

  • Momtwo2teens
    December 14, 2017 at 6:19 PM
    That is bullshit
  • Anonymous 5
    by Anonymous 5
    December 14, 2017 at 6:20 PM
    And who is going to front the money for families who cannot afford the extensive expenses of lifelong care?
  • Anonymous 6
    by Anonymous 6
    December 14, 2017 at 6:20 PM
    That's dumb considering Ohio borders 5 states. If I was inclined to have an abortion I'd just go to the nearest bordering state.
  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    December 14, 2017 at 6:20 PM
    That is hardly perfect

    Quoting Southern_Song: Good. God made them exactly how they were meant to be. Perfect
  • Razzle_Dazzle1
    December 14, 2017 at 6:21 PM
    Well, it's a step in the right direction. Now they need to decide that a healthy baby deserves to live as well.
  • Anonymous 7
    by Anonymous 7
    December 14, 2017 at 6:22 PM
    People who are obviously completely clueless of how devastating DS can be and have no concern about how the risk of abuse is significantly higher among the disabled population due to stressed and overwhelmed caregivers. Forcing women to bear unwanted disabled children who can have a huge spectrum of support needs seems like a phenomenal idea. 😑

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