The Ohio Senate just joined that state’s House in passing a bill that would ban abortions just because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Violations would result in charges against the doctor, not the mother. There will inevitably be a challenge in the courts, so this is only the beginning.

I have met many people with Down syndrome who are living inspiring and fulfilling lives, but a study published by the NIH found that between 1995 and 2011, between 60 and 90% of fetal Down syndrome diagnoses resulted in abortion. Despite the misleading spin that some media outlets put on it, fighting Down syndrome with abortion doesn’t eliminate Down syndrome. It eliminates people with Down syndrome.

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