COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 214, legislation prohibiting abortions on unborn children who have or may have Down syndrome.


The legislation, also known as “The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act,” prohibits anyone from performing or inducing an abortion if that person has knowledge that the diagnosis or test result indicating Down syndrome in an unborn child is the reason for seeking the abortion.


Furthermore, House Bill 214 requires medical professionals to distribute up-to-date, evidence-based information on Down syndrome to parents who receive the diagnosis.


"The sad truth is, 90 percent of women that receive a Down syndrome diagnosis for their unborn child choose abortion,” said Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland), who joint-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township). “That statistic is not only horrifying, it's absolutely unacceptable. While many of us have very different opinions on abortion and the rights of the unborn, I'm not sure how anyone can deny that choosing to end a child's life because they might have Down syndrome is discrimination."


Violation of the statute is a fourth-degree felony and would result in the State Medical Board revoking a physician’s license. The legislation grants criminal immunity for a pregnant woman on whom such an abortion was performed.


House Bill 214 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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