Report Calls for Ban on Down Syndrome & Other Disability-Selective Abortions

The Charlotte Lozier Institute has published a new report that calls for a ban on disability-selective abortions and recommends changes to improve the lives of those born with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition which typically arises after an error in cell division, resulting in an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This genetic condition often causes physical and mental disabilities.

The report, which was released on July 1, was written by Mark Bradford, president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, who looks at the explanation of prenatal testing results, calling the current system “biased, outdated, narrow, inaccurate, and clinical” and  rooted in a “profession which prefers termination in the case of disability.”

In Improving Joyful Lives: Society’s Response to Difference and Disability, Bradford details multiple steps that can be taken to protect Down syndrome individuals, including enforcement of the Kennedy-Brownback Act, which he says would improve the prenatal testing system.