Pro-Life Victory as the Court of Appeals Rules that Babies with Down Syndrome Can be Protected from Abortion

On April 13, 2021,  the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against an injunction previously placed against Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, in a 9-7 decision,.

The 2017 Ohio law bans abortionists from doing discriminatory abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome. It also bans sex-selection abortions and abortions because of the baby’s race.

A judge had blocked enforcement of the law after the ACLU of Ohio, the Preterm-Cleveland abortion facility and other abortion groups sued. Later the full court agreed to hear an appeal.

Last year, attorneys for Ohio told the Sixth Circuit judges that the law is constitutional because it bans doctors from doing abortions for discriminatory reasons. Today, the Sixth circuit ruled against the injunction, allowing Ohio to enforce the pro-life law. 

Mike Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life, said, “Ohio Right to Life is elated that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with life and ruled against the fatal discrimination of babies with Down syndrome.”  “The eugenic practice of singling out human lives for death because of a Down syndrome diagnosis has no place in our society. This court ruling brings us one step closer to ensuring that vulnerable babies with special needs are not marked for death because of who they are. Every life is worth living and every precious and unique human being is worthy of complete protection under law.”

North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana also passed laws to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions. A judge also recently blocked the Missouri law.

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