Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion Based on a Fetal Down Syndrome Diagnosis

A bill has been introduced in the Ohio legislature that would prohibit abortion based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

House Bill 135, titled “The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act,” would prohibit abortion because of “a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in an unborn child.”

The legislation was introduced by Reps. Sarah LaTourette, R-Bainbridge, and David Hall, R-Millersburg.

Ohio Right to Life has lobbied for the bill and included it in its legislative agenda for 2015.

“The right to life is one that belongs to every American,” Katie Franklin, the director of communications for Ohio Right to Life, told The Daily Signal. “We want to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

Franklin said she hopes the bill will help “educate and spread awareness” about Down syndrome.