OH passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis


Abortion-rights activists stand in protest on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in the Ohio Senate chamber in Columbus, after passage of a bill banning abortions in cases of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Women who have abortions in violation of the law would face no penalties.

Kasich has 10 days to sign the bill into law after it is delivered to his office.

Under the legislation, a doctor who knowingly performs an abortion on an unborn child diagnosed with Down Syndrome could be charged with a fourth-degree felony and the state medical board would be required to revoke the doctor's license if convicted.

We expect Governor Kasich will sign this legislation, as he said he would in 2015. In a 2015 interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, when asked if he would sign the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, Gov. Kasich said "I'm more than glad to say that of course I would sign it".

"Both the House and the Senate sent a loud message that we are a society built on compassion, love, equality", Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis.

No one knows how many OH abortions are sought because of a possible Down syndrome diagnosis; the state doesn't keep track of reasons for abortions. If he does so, it will mark the 20th piece of OH legislation restricting abortion rights and funding for reproductive health passed in the six years he has been governor.

"We commend OH lawmakers for moving to end lethal discrimination against unborn children with Down syndrome", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Washington D.C. -based group Susan B. Anthony List.

Similar measures have been passed in IN and North Dakota, according to The Hill.

Ohio legislature passes Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act — bans abortion based on prenatal diagnosis

Alarm about abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome spiked during the summer, after a widely viewed CBS News report showed that women in Iceland had all but stopped giving birth to babies with Down syndrome thanks to mandatory prenatal testing and liberal abortion laws. "I will veto it, because all Pennsylvania women deserve to make their own health care decisions". She said she's against the bill as it's written.

"When we hear the statistic that 90 percent of women chose abortion because of this potential diagnosis, there's an obvious problem there", LaTourette said.

One of the key advocates of the OH bill is Kelly Kuhns, a Plain City mother and nurse whose son has Down syndrome.

Information is what people need when it comes to Down syndrome, she said.

"They tell you of these horrific things that can happen, the different anomalies, cardiac issues", she told the AP.

The law prohibits medical staff from ending the life of an unborn child "in whole or in part" of the child's diagnosis.

Kuhns is advocating for the OH legislation to help children like her son.

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