Planned Parenthood Sues for the Right to Abort Babies Just Because They Have Down Syndrome

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 15, 2018   |   1:36PM   |   Columbus, OH

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed suit against a pro-life law in the state of Ohio that protects unborn babies with Down Syndrome. The law prohibits abortions when done specifically because an unborn child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Because the Planned Parenthood abortion business has never met an abortion it is not willing to perform, it has filed a lawsuit against the state law which pro-life Governor John Kasich signed last year.

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“The patient-doctor relationship is critical; a woman should be able to trust her physicians and have confidential conversations without worrying about government interference,” said Jerry Lawson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, in a statement.

Ohio Right to Life, which promoted the law, called the lawsuit one of several “blatant and continuous attacks on the dignity and sanctity of human life.”

“It is a shame that an organization that claims to be the very biggest and best at defending victims of discrimination completely disregards the most vulnerable members of our society who are being discriminated against,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life.

Abortion clinic owners want Ohio’s new law ruled unconstitutional and stopped, according to the lawsuit.

On behalf of Planned Parenthood, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Ohio Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would protect babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortion.

In further comments to LifeNews, Ohio Right to Life expressed its disappointment with the lawsuit.

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“The ACLU of Ohio claims on their website that they “seek to preserve civil liberties for each new generation.” Their blatant and continuous attacks on the dignity and sanctity of human life make it clear that they do not care for the youngest of each new generations: the unborn,” he said. “The ACLU is hurting Ohio by constantly suing to further an extremist agenda. Ohio Right to Life will continue to fight to protect vulnerable Ohioans from discrimination and the violence of abortion.”

Larry and Jackie Keough, whose daughter has Down syndrome, testified in favor of the bill before a committee vote.

“We ask each of you to support SB 164 that would stop the genocidal practice of aborting unborn children with Down syndrome,” Jackie Keough said. “By doing so, this can be a critical step to eliminate abortion based on individual genetic make up.”

Rep. Sarah LaTourette, a pro-life Republican who sponsored the House version of the bill, said the abortion statistics for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are staggering, according to the Toledo Blade.

“When we hear the statistic that 90 percent of women chose abortion because of this potential diagnosis, there’s an obvious problem there,” LaTourette said.

The measure bans abortions on babies with Down syndrome and it follows bans in North Dakota and Indiana.

In an August report, CBS News had a segment about Down syndrome in Iceland, claiming the country had “eradicated Down syndrome.” The report stated that nearly 100% of mothers who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome for their pregnancy abort their child.

Studies indicate unborn babies with Down syndrome are targeted for abortions at very high rates. A CBS News report earlier this year shocked the nation by reporting that Iceland has an almost 100-percent abortion rate for unborn babies with the genetic disorder.

One of the key advocates of the Ohio bill is Kelly Kuhns, a Plain City mother and nurse whose son has Down syndrome. Kuhns told the Columbus Dispatch that doctors suggested she abort her son, but she immediately refused.

Despite her resolve, she said the news of her son’s diagnosis troubled her, and the medical counseling did not help.

“They tell you of these horrific things that can happen, the different anomalies, cardiac issues,” she told the AP. “So you plan for the worst, and I really feel like you’re given a death sentence.”

Today, her son Oliver, 2, is doing well. Kuhns said he has more medical appointments than her other children, but he leads a “pretty normal life” otherwise.

Kuhns is advocating for the Ohio legislation to help children like her son.