Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed into law a measure that bans abortions of babies with Down syndrome.
The law, which will take effect in 90 days, penalizes abortionists who perform the procedure because the unborn baby has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Abortionists who do so will face a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine:
This law shames women, will have a chilling effect on conversations between doctors and patients, & does NOTHING to support actual families taking care of loved ones w/ Down syndrome. Instead, it exploits them as part of a larger strategy to systematically make abortion illegal. https://t.co/plktuVMdVa
— NARAL (@NARAL) December 22, 2017
Abortion industry political lobbying group NARAL condemned the new law, claiming that it “shames women” and “exploits” families with children who have Down syndrome.
ACLU of Ohio tweeted that the ban on abortions for babies with Down syndrome is “unconstitutional”:
BREAKING: Governor @JohnKasich just signed the unconstitutional abortion ban into law.
— ACLU of Ohio (@acluohio) December 22, 2017
In the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Supreme Court created a right to abortion even though none existed in the Constitution.
Planned Parenthood of Ohio said the ban on abortions for Down syndrome babies is an “attack on abortion and reproductive health care”:
— Planned Parenthood (@PPAOhio) December 21, 2017
As Fox News reports, North Dakota and Indiana have passed similar prohibitions on abortions for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. While a federal judge has blocked the Indiana law, North Dakota’s law has not been challenged and has been in effect since 2013.
Ohio Right to Life celebrated the victory of bringing justice to unborn babies with Down syndrome they say have been the victims of discrimination:
“We all want to be born perfect, but none of us are, and everyone has a right to live, perfect or not,” Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, told the New York Times in 2015 when the bill was introduced. “You go to any supermarket or mall and see these families who just happen to have a child with Down syndrome, and they will tell you how fortunate they are to have those children. Pretty soon, we’re going to find the gene for autism. Are we going to abort for that, too?”
March for Life Action tweeted its support of the new law, asserting, “All life is worth protecting!”:
— March for LifeAction (@MFLAction) December 23, 2017
Pro-life Susan B. Anthony List also tweeted that the new law saves babies with Down syndrome from “lethal discrimination”:
Ohio has given unborn children with #DownSyndrome and their families an early Christmas present and created a safe haven from lethal discrimination. https://t.co/jTUmc9tGpL #ProLife pic.twitter.com/O9HGu8unoM
— Susan B Anthony List (@SBAList) December 22, 2017
As Cleveland.com reports, Kasich said in November he would wait to review the final bill before making a decision to either sign or veto the legislation. The Republican governor had previously vetoed the “heartbeat bill,” which would have banned abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, but signed another bill prohibiting abortions after the fifth month, or 20 weeks.