Florida Bill Would Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 24, 2021   |   11:52AM   |   Tallahassee, Florida

A new bill before the Florida legislature would prohibit eugenic, discriminatory abortions on unborn babies with disabilities throughout the state.

The News Service of Florida reports state Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, filed House Bill 1221 on Tuesday to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

The pro-life bill would prohibit abortionists from knowingly aborting an unborn baby if the reason is because the baby was diagnosed with a physical and/or mental disability. It allows exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk. Abortionists who violate the ban could be charged with a felony.

A number of states have passed laws to protect unborn babies from discrimination in recent years. Arkansas, Ohio, North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana are among them, but most of their anti-discrimination laws are being blocked in court. Arizona and South Dakota lawmakers are considering similar bills this month.

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If upheld, these laws could protect thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year. Unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities are targeted for abortions at astronomical rates. Recent reports in The Atlantic and CBS News found that nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland, 95 percent in Denmark and 77 percent in France.

The deadly discrimination is getting worse with advances in prenatal testing. The Telegraph reports a recent article in the European Journal of Human Genetics found that the number of babies with Down syndrome born in the UK dropped 54 percent since the non-invasive prenatal screening tests became available about a decade ago.

What’s more, parents frequently report feeling pressured to abort unborn babies with disabilities. One mom recently told the BBC that she was pressured to abort her unborn daughter 15 times, including right up to the moment of her baby’s birth. Another mother from Brooklyn, New York said doctors tried to convince her to abort her unborn son for weeks before they took no for an answer.

Lately, prominent pro-abortion groups, including NARAL and Planned Parenthood, have been arguing openly that abortions are ok for any reason, including discrimination and sex-selection.

“EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,” Colleen McNicholas, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, told the AP in 2019 when Missouri passed a law that bans abortions based on the unborn baby’s sex or a Down syndrome diagnosis.