Praise, contempt for Down syndrome abortion law

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Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill that would make it a fourth-degree felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if there is a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis.

However, opponents say the ban is one of many passed in recent years to make abortion less accessible in OH, that it shames women and that it will prevent them from having honest conversations with their doctors following a Down syndrome diagnosis.

"Each day countless Ohioans participate in daily fantasy sports", Dever said, "House Bill 132 assures that these participants are protected under the law, while increasing the accountability of fantasy sports operators". "This law shames women and will have a chilling effect on the conversations between doctors and patients because of the criminal penalties that doctors will face".

"It's a part of the puzzle to us coming toward seeing an end to abortion", Angela Boblitt, a pro-life activist and mother of a child with Down syndrome, told the Post. But abortion rights groups argue the law will be another blow to women's constitutional right to legal abortion.

Two other states - IN and North Dakota - have passed similar laws. OH is also home to anti-abortion laws that require women to receive state-sponsored counseling and wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion.

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The new law will take effect sometime in late March. However, more than 95 percent of pregnant women choose not to take the test to identify Down Syndrome.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said in a statement, "When a woman receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome during her pregnancy, the last thing she needs is Governor Kasich barging in to tell her what's best for her family".

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) signed into law on Friday a bill prohibiting abortions in OH based on a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis, his office said.

The issue, though, isn't divided neatly between pro-life and pro-choice camps: Many disability rights activists have been outspoken about pushing for the legislation in OH and across the country. Indiana's law has been blocked by a federal judge, who says the state has no right to limit women's reasons for terminating a pregnancy.

"This law does nothing to support families taking care of loved ones with Down syndrome", Copeland said.

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