Monday, September 30, 2013

North Dakota: the first state to succesfully ban abortions based on Down Syndrome

Lawsuit against law that bans abortions of disabled children is dismissed
Children with Down Syndrome are more than capable of living healthy and happy lives.

"Abortion performed solely because of genetic abnormalities is discriminatory and devalues the lives of the disabled," said Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. 

Abortion clinics have reported that they do not perform abortions based on gender or genetic defects. Although positive, the ban does not affect such clinics. Regardless, the number of children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome may be dramatically reduced because of high rates of abortion. Therefore, passing this legislation shows courageous humanity.
With the governor's signature on the ban earlier this year, North Dakota has become the first state to ban abortions based on genetic "defects" like Down Syndrome. When diagnosed before birth, such genetic abnormalities prompt couples to have abortions 90 per cent of the time.   
The state legislature approved the measure and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed it in March. 

The measure would also ban abortion based on gender selection, an issue on increasing concern in the United States has people from nations like China and India migrate to the United States and bring their cultural preference for boys with them.
For more on this story visit Life News here. 

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