October 27, 2020
It’s been almost full year since my colleagues and I introduced the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act and, as we mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I want to address the importance of this bill and this month. Down Syndrome Awareness Month helps raise awareness for what it means to have Down syndrome and how individuals with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. The sad reality today is that prevailing negative attitudes, low expectations, misinformation and bias can mean that individuals with Down syndrome are discriminated against. Some aren’t even given the chance to live and are aborted in the womb. It’s horrific and saddening.
When you are pro-life like I am, you believe that life begins at conception. Our government has both a moral and a constitutional obligation to protect the sanctity of human life—especially the unborn. I am proud to continue to fight for the precious lives of the most vulnerable among us. Since Roe v. Wade, over 60 million babies’ lives have been tragically cut short.
Sadly, not everyone sees it the same way. It’s really upsetting, but studies show that over two-thirds of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted in the U.S., and Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome in their society through abortion. Taking away the precious life of any unborn baby is murder, but specifically denying a child the chance at life because of his or her chromosome count is a heinous effort to eliminate a vibrant community through abortion.
That’s why I introduced a bill last year to prohibit abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. The Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act would prohibit a doctor from performing an abortion being sought because the unborn child has Down syndrome. We’re going to keep fighting to protect every unborn child and individuals with Down syndrome throughout the entire U.S. I’m also happy to see President Trump issue the “Born Alive” Executive Order to ensure that vulnerable newborn babies receive medical care and are not discriminated against due to a disability, premature birth, or medical emergency.
I want to wish all of our friends in the Down syndrome community a happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month. You have allies here in Congress who are fighting for you. If you support the right to life of our friends in the Down syndrome community, I urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know you support S. 2745, the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act.