Utah May Become Next State to Ban Down Syndrome Abortion

"For a society that claims to uphold tolerance and inclusiveness, it appears we still have a long way to go."

A bill in Utah is seeking to make it the fourth state to ban abortions due to a Down Syndrome diagnosis. Indiana, Ohio, and North Dakota have already passed such legislation, and Illinois has its eye on it as well. In the United States, some put the abortion rate for babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome at around 90 percent, but detailed statistics are not kept, so it is difficult to be sure. The bill would make performing an abortion for the sole reason of a Down Syndrome diagnosis a Class A misdemeanor. 

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, (R-Clearfield) who said she was concerned about "the elimination of an entire group of people (simply for) having a single immutable genetic trait." She said:

"In recent years there has been a shocking increase in abortions performed for no other reason than because a prenatal test identified the potential for a trait a parent didn’t like. For a society that claims to uphold tolerance and inclusiveness, it appears we still have a long way to go."

Senate sponsor Curtis Bramble, (R-Provo) said this is about protecting the most defenseless:

"There is nothing more important than protecting those who are most vulnerable among us. An unborn child is a human being, an unborn child is not an unresponsive (group of) cells. By announcing by this bill … we will walk the walk, we will do all we can to protect the most precious, the most vulnerable, the most innocent among us."

Here's hoping more states follow this trend. Eugenics isn't a good look. 

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