Utah lawmakers are considering legislation that is aimed at ending discrimination against a class of people who are currently unprotected.
The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Abortion Act was introduced by Karianne Lisonbee – a house wife elected as a state representative.
Lisonbee told OneNewsNow that the bill would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman solely because of a diagnosis of Down Syndrome – an offense that would be punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
“The bill also adds language that helps the doctor-patient conversation,” the congresswoman from Utah pointed out. “We've heard from so many of our families with children who have Down Syndrome that the doctor-patient conversation often – almost immediately – goes to termination of the baby when the baby has been diagnosed.”
A one-sided conversation advocating abortion is typical when pregnant mothers carry a child with the genetic disorder.
“The families suggest they haven't been given unbiased information to make a well-informed decision, so the bill requires physicians to give parents a referral to Down Syndrome support or advocacy groups and [a] referral to medical professionals who specialize in care for the Down Syndrome,” Lisonbee continued. “Abortion advocates claim the bill would restrict a woman's right to choose.”
The pro-life advocate insists that the pro-abortion activists’ push to abort preborn children with Down Syndrome is nothing short of cruel and evil.
“And my idea is it's salacious,” Lisonbee expressed. “This was a wanted baby until the diagnosis, and so this is not about taking away a woman's right to choose abortion; this is about discrimination – a message about a group of people who we have data to show are being discriminated against in our country.”
The chief complaint by abortionists is that if the pro-life Down Syndrome bill becomes law, it will lead to an expensive lawsuit – just as it has in North Dakota, Ohio, Louisiana and Indiana.
The Utah bill has passed out of committee and is now heading to the House floor.