Abortionists could face penalties for terminating children with Down syndrome – people who one pro-lifer says "deserve to be here as much as any of us."
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) have introduced the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act in both houses of Congress – a measure Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee says would ban abortions on preborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome.
"In this country, it's almost 70 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome being aborted," Tobias reports. "In other countries it is much higher. In Iceland they like to brag that they have eliminated Down syndrome. What they have actually done is eliminated children with Down syndrome."
Even though the people who are born with the condition are known to live full lives of of joy and love, and even though many of them support themselves, the abortion rate for preborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome is close to 100 percent.
"Down syndrome means you have an extra chromosome, but that certainly doesn't make you, I believe, disabled or less of a human being," Tobias submits. "I think this bill in Congress sends the right message to America that even children that might be slightly different from average deserve to be here as much as any of us."
Under the bill, the mother who aborts a child with Down syndrome would not face punishment, but any abortionist who ends such a life could face severe penalties.