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Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act Heads to Gov. Kasich

Bill aiming to protect babies with Down syndrome approved by Ohio Senate

  • 13 December 2017
  • Author: Jim Tobin
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The Ohio Senate passed HB 214, the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, 20-12. This legislation prohibits abortions for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Similar legislation, SB 164, also passed, but the House bill is the bill going before the Governor for signature.

Both bills prohibit a doctor from performing the medical procedure if they know the woman is seeking an abortion because of a test result indicating Down syndrome in the fetus, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other reason the woman believes the fetus has Down syndrome. Doctors who violate the prohibition would face a fourth-degree felony, revocation of their medical license and possible civil penalties. 

Larry Keough, an Associate Director of the Conference, and his wife Jackie testified in favor of this legislation.

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