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February 01, 2021

Praise for Inhofe's Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act

The following stakeholders praised the introduction of the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act:

“Targeting a baby for death because the baby is suspected of having a disability is the absolute worst possible demonstration of discrimination,” said Tony Lauinger, State Chairman of Oklahomans For Life. “Who among us is perfect?  Shall we kill every human being who fails to meet someone else’s arbitrary quality-control standard?”

“Charlotte Lozier Institute revealed in a study that 99 percent of people with Down syndrome report leading happy, meaningful lives and bring joy to their families,” said the Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Vice president of Government Affairs. “Sadly, unborn children diagnosed with this so-called disability in the womb are under threat from the abortion industry that pushes lethal discrimination. We thank Representative Estes and Senator Inhofe for taking steps to end this abhorrent modern-day eugenicist practice.”

“True to its eugenic roots, the abortion industry continues to target people with disabilities,” said Mary Szoch, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council. “Because of the work of the pro-abortion movement in the United States, 67% of babies pre-natal diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. The pro-abortion movement denies the gifts and talents that people with Down syndrome bring to our society—and focuses instead on their limitations. Family Research Council is grateful for Senator Inhofe and Congressman Estes’s work to recognize the value of people with Down syndrome and to affirm their inherent right to life.”

“National Right to Life is grateful for the leadership of Senator Inhofe in protecting unborn children,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “This important legislation places a federal ban on the performance of abortions based on a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome. An unborn child deserves the same protections as any other American who is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every person, regardless of ability or whether she is born or unborn, should be accepted in life and protected by law.”

“In today's world, the most dangerous place for a person with Down syndrome is in the womb,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of the Americans United for Life. “A person should not have to be born to be protected against the tragedy of disability discrimination. Every member of the human family has immeasurable value. I am glad to stand beside pro-life champions in Congress to ensure that no American is denied the right to life because they are unique.”

Read the full statement here.

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