On Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, fourteen Republicans came together to file a bill called “Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act.”

The members who signed onto this bill are:

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

James Lankford (R-Okla.)

Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)

Rick Scott (R-Fla.)

James Risch (R-I.D.)

Mike Braun (R-Ind.)

Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.)

Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)

John Hoeven (R-N.D.)

John Thune (R-S.D.)

Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)

Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)

This bill would put a federal ban in place that would prohibit performing an abortion with the knowledge that a pregnant woman is seeking an abortion because she believes that her unborn child has Down syndrome. The mother would not be prosecuted for seeking such abortion. 

This bill really shines a light on the eugenics people are trying to enact on those simply because of their genetic makeup. There is this idea that by aborting babies with down syndrome, you are in some way eradicating it. But that’s not true and it’s not possible. Down syndrome isn’t some evil disease you can eradicate; down syndrome is simply a condition a child is born with. Just because a mother’s idea of “perfect” is a perfectly healthy baby doesn’t mean that a baby with down syndrome isn’t perfect. Ask anyone who has someone with down syndrome in their life if they would ever change them. The answer will be no. Down syndrome doesn’t define a human’s worth. 

Senator Inhofe (R-Okla.) had this to say in his press release:

To take away the precious life of an unborn baby is murder, but to deny a child the chance at life because of his or her chromosome count is a heinous effort to eliminate a vibrant community through abortion. That’s why I am introducing a bill to prohibit abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. All children should be given the chance at life and today, with the introduction of theDown Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act, we have a chance to give a voice to the voiceless and build on pro-life legislation we’ve already championed, including the Life at Conception Act, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act and the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Eight states have already enacted this kind of law however the Supreme Court recently declined to make a ruling on it. 

This is a major step forward in realizing the humanity of those with disabilities and not having to assign value to only the “healthy” children. 

Caroline C.
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