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Ohio Considering Measure to Stop Abortions for Down Syndrome

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has not yet taken a position on whether to make it abortion illegal in cases of Down syndrome. (Wire services)

By    |   Monday, 24 Aug 2015 10:47 AM

Pro-life advocates want to make it illegal for someone to have an abortion in Ohio in the event a woman wants to do so because she believes her child has Down syndrome.

The measure is expected to make it through the state legislature this fall, The New York Times reported. 

Two-thirds of the legislators in Ohio in both houses support the bill. Those state lawmakers are also supported by the National Right to Life Committee.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has not yet taken a position on this measure, but he has signed other anti-abortion bills into law during his tenure in office.

Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis told the Times that his group is making this measure a top legislative priority because Down syndrome is easily recognizable, easy to diagnose while a woman is pregnant, and is a common reason for a woman to seek an abortion.

According to a review of 24 studies from 1995 to 2011, when an unborn baby is diagnosed with Down syndrome, the pregnancy is terminated between 67 percent and 85 percent of the time.

"We all want to be born perfect, but none of us are, and everyone has a right to live, perfect or not," Gonidakis said.

"You go to any supermarket or mall and see these families who just happen to have a child with Down syndrome, and they will tell you how fortunate they are to have those children," he said. "Pretty soon, we’re going to find the gene for autism. Are we going to abort for that, too?"

According to abortion rights lawyers, the law would violate the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. By considering the condition of the fetus, it also comes close to recognizing the fetus as a person.

North Dakota passed a law in 2013 making it illegal to perform abortions due to fetal genetic anomalies such as Down syndrome. Similar laws have been considered in three other states.

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