The Ohio Senate passed a new bill this week that will, if signed into law, forbid clinics from performing abortions for the express purpose of eliminating a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. Titled the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, the legislation has now passed both houses of the Ohio Congress and is waiting only for Gov. John Kasich’s signature to become the law of the land. If it does, aborting a fetus simply because it has been diagnosed with the syndrome will become a fourth-degree felony and cost the attending doctor his medical license.
“Ohio Right to Life thanks our pro-life senators for taking a stand against the modern-day eugenic practice of aborting babies with Down syndrome,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, in a statement about the bill’s passage. “We are continuously encouraged by how Ohio is on the forefront of protecting the unborn. All Ohioans regardless of the gender, skin color or disability deserve the right to live out their God-given potential and purpose.”
Gonidakis noted that Ohio’s move brought a welcome spotlight to the fundamental humanity and right to live of those with chromosomal disorders.
“There is a reason that 99% of people with Down syndrome are happy with their lives,” Gonidakis said. “They live joyfully, in a way that is contagious to others. We are happy that the Ohio Senate recognizes their lives as worth living.”
On the other side of the issue, pro-abortionists said that the bill was a strike against women’s rights. In a statement, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio executive director Kellie Copeland said, “It is not our place to judge or decide for any woman what she should do, or prevent her from having honest conversations about her options with her physician—especially following a complicated medical diagnosis. This legislation criminalizes those important conversations and callously disregards the unique circumstances that surround each woman’s pregnancy. This abortion ban is both immoral and unconstitutional.”
Even in these twisted times of bizarre morality, it is shocking to hear someone talk about the decision to kill an unborn child with Down’s Syndrome as the moral choice. Like, how does one even arrive at such a conclusion? How can someone talk about what others have the “right” to do when what we’re talking about is the extermination of LIFE? Oh, right, they don’t consider it a life. It’s just some meaningless blob of inorganic tissue up until the time it slides through the woman’s womb and into a doctor’s waiting arms. It is a point of view as fascinating for its lack of scientific rigor as it is for its casual disregard for human life.
The path where we allow or – to put it more accurately – encourage parents to exercise their “constitutional right” to an abortion because their child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome is one shrouded in the darkest of darkness. It cannot lead our country anywhere good. And in a world where the fight against evil sometimes seems unbelievably hopeless, we have nothing but praise for Ohio Republicans for taking this important stand. We can only pray that it serves as a light to show the way forward.