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Bill to protect Down Syndrome babies presented to Missouri

Monday, December 21, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

baby feetA Missouri senator wants protections for Down Syndrome babies in the womb and believes the state legislature will lean in favor of it.

Senator David Sater (R-Missouri) has submitted a bill that would bar abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis, test or screening indicating the potential of Down Syndrome in the unborn baby. Sater tells OneNewsNow he took his cue for the bill after seeing North Dakota and Ohio banning abortions because of Down Syndrome.

“Almost 90 percent of Down Syndrome children in the womb are being aborted right now .... I think that's a startling statistic, and I would like to see that decreased dramatically,” he says.

Missouri has passed some significant pro-life legislation in the past few years, but just to be sure, Senator Sater hopes to get Senate Bill 802 steered to the Seniors, Families and Children Committee of the Missouri Senate. That's because he's the chairman of that committee. 

“My objective is to make sure that the leadership in the Senate and the House are in favor of the bill, which I think they probably will be,” he explains. “I know in the Senate, they will be in favor of it for sure and I’ll try to get this through the Senate without any amendments and ship it over to the House. Hopefully we'll be successful.”

Sater recognizes there are challenges in raising Down Syndrome children, but believes society is beginning to recognize the value of life and of the lives of the most vulnerable - including individuals with Down Syndrome.

 

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