February 03, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe spoke on the Senate floor about the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act after Senate Democrats blocked the passage of his commonsense legislation.
Sen. Blumenthal (D-Conn.) objected to the passage of the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act, calling it “a pretexual and ideological extreme step” and said, “as a matter of fact, this bill has nothing to do with protecting people with Down syndrome.”
As Prepared for Delivery:
I’m shocked that my Democratic colleague would block this legislation. How could you oppose it?
Especially because the American people overwhelmingly—70 percent of them—oppose aborting a child on the basis the child will be born with Down syndrome.
That includes 56 percent of people who consider themselves pro-abortion – 56% who support abortion but oppose it on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis.
In the United States, over two-thirds of unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.
Why? Instead of receiving information, resources and support, mothers often report feeling pressured to abort.
Justice Clarence Thomas puts it directly: “I am deeply concerned that for babies with down syndrome, abortion has become a “tool of modern day eugenics.”
My bill would protect these innocent lives from systematic discrimination through abortion.
We say we support equality in the U.S., yet countless babies’ lives have been stolen because of their chromosome count.
I am astonished that my colleagues can object to this commonsense bill and that they reject protecting the most vulnerable among us.
To all my friends in the Down syndrome community, I will keep fighting for you, even if my colleagues across the aisle won’t.
At the conclusion of his remarks, Sen. Inhofe offered Sen. Blumenthal the opportunity to respond to his comments and engage in a further dialogue on the legislation. He was met with silence.