The Ohio Senate passed a bill Wednesday that prohibits abortions of babies who've been prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. The measure is passed to Governor John Kasich, who will make the final decision.
The legislation was passed with a vote of 20 to 12. Senate Bill 164 - The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act - would prevent discrimination against unborn babies who may have Down syndrome by prohibiting abortions from being performed on them. The consequence for abortionists who violate the measure may be charged with a fourth-degree felony or lose their medical license.
Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, an organization which has seen 19 pro-life legislation initiatives come to pass in the past six years, commented, “Ohio Right to Life is grateful that our pro-life legislators took a stand against discrimination and abortion. Both the House and the Senate sent a loud message that we are a society built on compassion, love, equality. We expect Governor Kasich will sign this legislation, as he said he would in 2015. Every Ohioan deserves the right to life, no matter how many chromosomes they have.”
Abortion activists are fighting against the legislation. In October, the radical pro-abortion group NARAL gave Ohio lawmakers a petition with 2,000 signatures in opposition to the bill.
Pro-abortion group NARAL is fighting against this bill. They presented a petition to the Ohio legislature with 2,000 signatures opposing the measure.
NARAL's deputy director, Jaime Miracle, stated, “It’s not our place to judge a woman and her decision on whether or not to continue a pregnancy for whatever reason it is."
State Representative Sarah LaTourette, who sponsored the House version of the bill, commented, "This bill is about so much more than abortion... I truly believe that it’s about discriminating against some of our most vulnerable, discriminating against an unborn child simply because they might have a Down Syndrome diagnosis. That’s something that I find absolutely unacceptable.”