The state of Ohio earned a well-deserved win last week regarding its 2017 Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the lower courts’ bans on this act, which prohibits doctors from performing discriminatory abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
The eradication of discrimination was found by the majority to be the compelling state interest at issue in this case.
Yes, discrimination! That’s exactly the injustice that has been perpetrated disproportionately against children with Down syndrome since Roe v. Wade made all abortions “lawful” in 1973.
At last, a conscientious court has confronted the injustice and endorsed Ohio’s interests in:
1. “protecting the Down syndrome community from the stigma it suffers from the practice of Down-syndrome-selective abortions;”
2. “protecting women whose fetuses have Down syndrome from coercion