Legislators in Utah pass ban on abortion of Downs Syndrome children, send bill to Governor

Legislators in Utah pass ban on abortion of Downs Syndrome children, send bill to Governor

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[Salt Lake Tribune] The Utah legislature has approved a measure to ban aborting babies born with Down Syndrome. The measure is now headed to pro-life Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk for his signature.  

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The state Senate voted 20-6 for the bill last Thursday and the state House approved the bill earlier this month with a 54-15 vote.

House Bill 166 prohibits abortions from taking place should they be motivated “solely because the unborn child had or may have had Down syndrome.” The bill will not take effect “unless and until similar bans in other states are upheld by the courts,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune. 

According to the website Christianheadlines.com, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, said last month that “in recent years there has been a shocking increase in abortions performed for no other reason than because a prenatal test identified the potential for a trait a parent didn’t like. For a society that claims to uphold tolerance and inclusiveness, it appears we still have a long way to go.” 

Utah’s Senate President Stuart Adams (R-Layton) was asked by The Salt Lake Tribune why he thinks the approved bill is good for Utah. 

“The blessing of life and the blessing of Down syndrome kids and their simple way of life and the way they look at things, that’s a hard question to answer,” Adams replied, “and hopefully you just see the value of it,” he told the newspaper.

This article continues at [Salt Lake Tribune] Legislators send ban on Down syndrome-based abortions to the governor

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