Earlier this month, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act from taking effect. This law would have protected unborn children with a Down Syndrome diagnosis from the deadly discrimination of elective abortion, but was blocked in a 2-1 decision by the court, granting tacit approval of the practice of eugenics.
However, that is not the end of the story. Today, Ohio’s pro-life Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a petition for an en banc review of the 6th Circuit court’s ruling of the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, asking the entire panel to weigh in on the justice of the court’s previous decision.
This could be a huge step towards ensuring that unborn children with a Down syndrome diagnosis are protected against the fatal discrimination of abortion. All Ohioans, regardless of a prenatal diagnosis, deserve the same right to life as anyone else.
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“Pro-Life Ohio agrees with Attorney General Yost that our nation’s founding ideals dictate that everyone is created equal, and this is something we can all agree with and believe,” says Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis. “With this court action, Mr. Yost is fighting to protect it – for all of us.” ”
Without strong pro-life advocates like Attorney General Yost, ensuring that vital pro-life legislation like the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act can be implemented to save the lives of the most vulnerable in our society would be next to impossible. Thank you, Attorney General Yost for standing up for the rights of all Ohioans, born and unborn.