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Recent media on the Down Syndrome abortion ban

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has the worst record on abortion, and you can read about the latest threat in the New York Times. They ran a front page report on Ohio’s House Bill 135, which bans abortion following a positive prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. The New York Times editorial board felt such strong opposition to the bill, they released an editorial against it as well.

We believe we should all work to ensure that people with disabilities are treated with equality and dignity. However, this bill does nothing to help people with disabilities or their families. It is just another abortion ban to chip away at women’s reproductive freedom.

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New York Times report: Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason

“This is interference with a medical decision following a complicated diagnosis,” said Kellie Copeland, the executive director of Naral Pro-Choice Ohio. “For us, it comes down to who makes the decision and who’s going to have to live with it. Not knowing the family and the circumstances, the legislature can’t possibly take into account all the factors involved.”

New York Times editorial: Abortion and Down Syndrome

“It is hard to imagine any other circumstance in which Americans would tolerate this sort of government intrusion. But of course this is precisely the dilemma that opponents of the right to choose aim to create: instilling guilt and fear in women making intensely personal and private decisions about their own bodies. In fact, a significant majority of women who receive a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort their pregnancy. A smaller percentage choose to carry the fetus to term. In both cases, it is a personal decision.”

Fox News: Ohio mulls Down syndrome abortion ban, Kasich mum for now

“We believe we should all work to ensure people with disabilities are treated with equality and dignity. However, we oppose this ban because it interferes with the medical decisions of Ohioans and does nothing to help people with disabilities or their families,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told FoxNews.com. Copeland said she believes it will be an “uphill battle” to oppose the legislation, but people have flooded her group’s phone lines with calls offering donations to fight it. “We have to make it clear to Gov. Kasich that this is not good health care, this is not what the people of Ohio want,” Copeland said. “This ban would encourage patients to keep information from their doctors and that is bad medicine.”

CNN: Don’t politicize my son over Down syndrome

“Ohio Republicans and anti-abortion activists want to use my son as a wedge issue. When their Legislature returns in the fall, it will almost certainly pass HB 131 — a bill that makes it a felony to perform an abortion based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Gov. John Kasich, who is competing for the GOP nomination for president, will certainly sign it.”

WKYC: Ohio legislature considering anti-abortion measure regarding Down syndrome

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, doesn’t agree. “The bottom line is, who makes this decision is the person who has to live with this decision, this bill says that a family that’s facing a complicated medical diagnosis cannot make their own medical decision, and they’ve put that decision in the hands of politicians who’ve never met them,” said Copeland. Copeland knows she has an uphill battle. She says the majority of Ohio lawmakers are likely inclined to pass the measure. And although he hasn’t commented on this particular issue, Governor John Kasich has enacted sixteen different restrictions to abortion access and half of the abortion clinics in Ohio have closed, according to Copeland.


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