Sitting on the desk of Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is a bill that when passed into law would ban abortions on unborn babies found with Down syndrome. The Ohio legislature voted 20-12 for the ban prohibiting abortionists from committing an abortion that is sought “in whole or in part” on the basis of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Abortionists who refuse to comply would lose their medical license and face a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and 18 months in prison. However, the law does not punish women seeking abortions.
Praising the measure, Ohio Right to Life called it a step toward ending discrimination against the disabled. "Both the House and the Senate sent a loud message that we are a society built on compassion, love, equality,” said president Mike Gonidakis. “We expect Governor Kasich will sign this legislation, as he said he would in 2015. Every Ohioan deserves the right to life, no matter how many chromosomes they have.”
About 67 percent of children diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted in the United States, thus reducing overall births of children with Down syndrome 30 percent.
Last month, the Ohio Senate approved a similar bill last month, also known as the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, on a 20-12 vote. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Frank LaRose (R) of eastern Ohio, told Cleveland.com killing a child because of such a diagnosis is the most lethal form of discrimination. “We should not be making a judgment of one life being more valuable than another,” LaRose said. “To me, it’s a question of medical ethics as much as what kind of society we want to live in.”
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.