Ohio outlaws abortion of foetuses with Down’s syndrome

The state of Ohio has recently enacted a law that would make the abortion of foetuses detected with Down’s syndrome illegal. The legislation also prescribes felony charges against physicians who perform the procedure, while exempting the woman from the same. The law, said to be in consonance with the state’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, is expected to severely restrict access to abortion in the state, given that the syndrome is usually detected within 15-20 weeks of gestation. Many have argued that the law does nothing to support families taking care of members with Down’s syndrome and interferes with a woman’s ability to take a decision. A similar legislation in Indiana was struck down by a District Court Judge for being unconstitutional.

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