Ohio Will Be Second State to Pursue Anti-Discrimination Law for Unborn Down Syndrome Babies

The percentage of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth and who eventually become victims of abortions continues to be very high. Studies indicate that an average of 80 percent of unborn babies with Down syndrome are victimized by abortion. To address this phenomenon, North Dakota eventually became the first state in the US to ban abortions on babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. With the governor’s signature on the ban in 2013, Gov. Jack Dalrymple took that state in a decidedly pro-life direction.
Now, the state of Ohio is considering a similar ban on abortions of babies with Down syndrome. Ohio Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (HB 135) received its first legislative hearing as the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement heard sponsor testimony on the bill. The legislation, sponsored by Representatives Sarah LaTourette and David Hall, could make Ohio a leader in protecting unborn babies with Down syndrome. Families from around central Ohio joined Ohio Right to Life in the committee hearing in support of the legislation. Ohio Right to Life says that one of the primary goals of this legislation is to educate the public about discriminatory abortions and make the practice even more unconscionable in the public mind. “I believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is wrong,” said Rep. Sarah LaTourette in her testimony. “But regardless of if you agree with me or not, I hope that you can see that this isn’t an issue about abortion – it’s an issue of discrimination. Discriminating against a person, not allowing them their God-given right to life, simply because they might have Down syndrome.”