Bill banning Down syndrome abortions in Ohio, heads to Kasich’s Desk

Protesters with T-shirts that say “Stop the Bans” gathered in the Ohio Senate chamber, after the legislature passed a law to ban abortions based on Down syndrome diagnosis.


The GOP-led Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Republican Gov. John Kasich has sent signals that he will write soon under the measure into law.

Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the ban, which the doctors from performing an abortion would ban, if doctors know that it is aimed “in whole or in part,” to avoid a Down’s syndrome in pregnancy.

Doctors would be against the ban lose their medical license and face a fourth degree felony charge, including up to € 5,000 fine and 18 months imprisonment. The mothers would not be punished by the law.

Three Republicans voted against the measure, which was opposed by all of the state Senate by the democratic legislature.

The bill also has the community of the disabled is divided in Ohio, with some of the disability statements in favour of and against the proposal, because they said, you are prioritized Down syndrome versus other disabilities.

“This law sends a very clear message that some disabilities are worth more in life than others, and that a disability — Down syndrome is the most worthy,” Jane Gerhardt, a woman whose daughter suffers from Down’s syndrome, testified on Tuesday, according to local reports.

The ACLU has characterized the draft law as to usurp unconstitutional effort to established the right to an abortion.

Don’t be fooled. Ohio is the last abortion ban to combat discrimination, it is about the abortion out of reach.

— ACLU (@ACLU) November 30, 2017

A group of abortion-rights activists staged a silent protest in the Senate chamber according to the Down’s syndrome bill approval, standing in a row, wearing T-shirts, the advertised “prohibitions.”

The legality of the abortion of fetuses with Down syndrome, a genetic abnormality that causes developmental delays and other serious medical problems, has been discussed recently in other States. Indiana and North Dakota already have passed laws like the one that Ohio is on the rise.

The Indiana measure, adopted in the year 2016, was blocked by a Federal judge, for constitutional reasons, according to a lawsuit the ACLU. An appeal from the state officials is pending.

The 2013 North Dakota law has not been challenged, the courts have not been able to rule on its constitutionality. The state says the only abortion clinic, in Fargo, that the Problem has arisen under your policy, not the implementation of abortions, after 16 weeks into a pregnancy.

The Ohio vote was a major political victory for Ohio right to life, the state is the largest and oldest anti-abortion group.

“The house and the Senate sent a loud message that we built a society based on compassion, love, equality,” said President Mike Gonidakis. “We expect Governor Kasich to sign this legislation, as he said, he would be in the year 2015. Every Ohioan deserves the right to live, no matter how many chromosomes you have.”

Kasich’s spokesman declined to say what that would do to the Governor. Kasich said, in the last few weeks that he thought the measure, seemed “appropriate”, but he would make if he received it.

Last December, Kasich vetoed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” which would have prohibited abortions after a stroke-usually around six weeks into a pregnancy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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