Wednesday, December 20, 2017
IFI Staff
Ohio and Indiana's Abortion Laws

Last week, the Ohio Senate passed legislation which would “prohibit a person from attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.”

The legislation still needs to be signed by Governor John Kasich, who indicated in a 2015 CNN interview that he would gladly sign legislation like the bill passed by the state legislature.


“A prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome should not mean a death sentence,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, which supported the legislation.


No child should be targeted because of a disability diagnosis. After the horrors of the Nazis and other 20th century eugenics programs, the world rallied to condemn policies that allowed the destruction of innocent human life based on the dangerous view that having a disability makes someone ‘deficient.’ Yet 67% of expectant mothers in America still choose to terminate their pregnancy after receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis.


Indiana used to prohibit abortions based on a baby’s race, gender, or disability. But an Obama-appointed federal judge blocked the law earlier this fall, writing in her misguided decision that states cannot violate a “woman’s right to choose” based on her motivations for seeking an abortion.


Human life is sacred. Every person has dignity and is inherently valuable, regardless of his or her disabilities or circumstances. All children deserve to be protected. Thankfully, the Ohio legislature has been attempting to do just that.


Stand with IFI to protect and defend innocent human life in Indiana!

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