On Friday, Cincinnati Right to Life declared, “Discrimination Legal in Ohio, Sixth Circuit Blocks Ohio Down Syndrome Abortion Ban.”
“Today, in a 2-1 ruling, a three judge panel of the Sixth District Court of Appeals blocked a law passed in Ohio in 2017 that penalizes abortionists for killing babies simply due to a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome,” the group said in a statement.
Cincinnati Right to Life noted the two judges who voted to block the law were Chief Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., who was appointed by former President Clinton, and Obama appointee Judge Bernice Bouie Donald.
The bill, known as the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, passed on December 13, 2017 and was signed into law by then-Governor John Kasich. House Bill 214,
Prohibits any person from purposefully performing or inducing, or attempting to perform or induce, an abortion, if the person knows the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion, in whole or in part, because of:
- A test result indicating Down syndrome in an unborn child;
- A prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in an unborn child; or
- Any other reason to believe that the child has Down syndrome.”
Judge Alice Moore Batchelder dissented, writing, “Ohio concluded that permitting physicians to become witting accomplices to the deliberate targeting of Down syndrome babies would undermine the principle that the Down syndrome population is equal in value and dignity to the rest of Ohio’s population.”
On their Facebook, the pro-life group posted, “It is outrageous that abortionists can kill babies in Ohio just because they might have Down syndrome. Judges are important and this is why ELECTIONS MATTER. We must get more judges in our courts who will uphold our Constitutional right to life and protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Executive Director Meg Wittman said in the group’s press release, “It is devastating that our society sees children with Down syndrome as less than human and deserving of death.”
She added, “These children are treasures given to families who need them most. This is more than discrimination; it is legalized eugenics. Cincinnati Right to Life and the pro-life movement will continue to fight daily for the lives of the most vulnerable among us. We call upon Attorney General Dave Yost to file for an en banc hearing to present this case fairly in front of the entire Sixth District Court of Appeals.”
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