Pro-lifers scored a huge victory in Ohio this week. Gov. John Kasich signed a law banning abortions after a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis.
Pregnant women who violate the law are immune from prosecution, but doctors can be charged with a fourth-degree felony.
Guilty practitioners can face up to 18 years in prison.
Roe V. Wade wasn’t the last word on abortion. Babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are so often stigmatized that without laws like the one newly enacted in Ohio, they would be aborted at an alarming rate.
“Ohio has given unborn children with Down syndrome and their families an early Christmas present and created a safe haven from lethal discrimination,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
The state is already preparing to be challenged. Liberal activist groups aren’t going to quietly accept the new law. Pro-lifers are often rabid about their beliefs.
“When a woman receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome during her pregnancy, the last thing she needs is Gov. Kasich barging in to tell her what’s best for her family,” snarled NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland.
Kasich has to protect all Ohioans, not merely the distressed mother.
“It’s a part of the puzzle to us coming toward seeing an end to abortion,” said Angela Boblitt, mother to a child with Down syndrome.
“And we definitely do feel that aborting a child because of a medical diagnosis is discriminatory.”
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