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October 30, 2019

Pro-Life Groups Praise Down Syndrome Discrimination By Abortion Prohibition Act

The following stakeholders praised the introduction of the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act:

“Taking the life of an unborn child because the baby has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome is the ultimate manifestation of discrimination,” said Tony Lauinger, State Chairman of Oklahomans For Life. “Targeting for death a human being who is deemed by someone else to be less than perfect is eugenics carried to its lethal extreme.”

“While society has come a long way in embracing our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome and supporting them in reaching their full potential, the targeting of unborn babies with Down syndrome for abortion remains a shockingly widespread problem,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “It is high time our laws protected these vulnerable children. As we celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we thank Senator Inhofe and Congressman Estes for leading the charge to stop discrimination abortion.”

“Ending an unborn child’s life solely because they have been diagnosed with a disorder like Down Syndrome completely devalues the sanctity of human life,” said Travis Weber, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs of the Family Research Council. “We are thankful to Senator Inhofe for introducing legislation that will ban abortions when a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome is detected.”

"No child deserves to die because of an extra chromosome," said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. "An unborn child deserves the same protections as any other American protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act."

Additionally, in his 2019 Presidential Message on Down Syndrome Awareness Month, President Trump said in part:

“My Administration also renews its commitment to bring attention to and a deeper understanding of the challenges these remarkable Americans face, including their struggle against discrimination. Those thought to have Down syndrome also risk being subjected to the too-often terminations of their lives before birth.”

“We must devote our efforts to ensure that the United States continues to exhibit reverence for human life—both born and unborn.  Together, we can create an inclusive Nation, one where Americans with Down syndrome are embraced in schools, workplaces, and communities—one where discrimination can no longer cast a shadow of inequality.”

Read the full statement here.


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