Indiana Bans Abortion if Fetus Has Down Syndrome

Mar 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm |

The new bill transcends medical, moral, and legal boundaries.

Down syndrome, a randomly occurring genetic disorder present in about 8.5 million individuals across the world, often causes a lifestyle change that many people are not ready to deal with.

While having a child with Down syndrome likely means a lifetime of increased care, specialized education, limited employment prospects, and many obstacles along the way, children or family members with disorders is one of the most humbling and often uplifting ways to teach us the depth of our own humanity, pushing us to the furthest bounds of love and back again.

Statistically, most parents around the globe choose to abort pregnancies if the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome; otherwise, there is a 50/50 chance of miscarriage or stillbirth.

Now, a new bill signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence would ban mothers and parents from seeking abortions specifically in the case of defects or disabilities, such as detecting Down syndrome in utero.

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The bill has been called “a comprehensive pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life.”