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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bill Would Make Missouri Just Second to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome


By Steven Ertelt

The percentage of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth and who eventually become victims of abortions is outlandishly high. As LifeNews previously reported, 90% of women who receive the prenatal diagnosis that their child will have Down syndrome end their life through abortion.

North Dakota eventually became the first state in the United States to ban abortions on babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. With the governor’s signature on the ban in 2013, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple took that state in a decidedly pro-life direction.

Eventually a judge dismissed a legal challenge abortion activists brought against the legislation.

Now, the state of Missouri is considering a similar ban on abortions of babies with Down syndrome — though it will have to compete with Ohio, which is also working o passing a similar measure.

The St. Louis newspaper has additional details about the new legislation to protect unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome:

A state lawmaker responsible for the 72 hour waiting period before an abortion has proposed a new restriction: preventing an abortion because of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, would ban doctors from performing an abortion if a woman is seeking it solely because a test indicated the baby either has or could have the genetic disorder that causes developmental and intellectual delays.

Following every abortion, doctors would have to certify they had no knowledge the abortion was sought solely because of this diagnosis. If a doctor violates the measure, he or she could serve up to a year in prison and pay a fine up to $1,000.

Sater, who could not immediately be reached for comment Friday filed the bill ahead of the 2016 Legislative session that begins Jan. 6. The first day to file bills was Dec. 1, and at least three other anti-abortion measures have been filed since then.

The bill is Senate bill 802.

Article continues: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/11/

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