May 11, 2021

Federal court upholds Ohio law preventing down syndrome abortions

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Ohio’s pro-life law H.B. 214 in 9 to 7 ruling, outlawing abortion based on whether a child has Down Syndrome.

The decision reversed a district court’s decision for a preliminary injunction requested by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The providers argue a woman’s right to choose abortion should be unrestricted prior to birth.

Planned Parenthood and Preterm-Cleveland sued the state in February 2018, claiming the law “criminalizes performing an abortion” if the person has knowledge of fetal indication with Down syndrome.

The 9-7 ruling included 11 Republican and five Democrat appointees. All nine appointees who ruled in support of the bill were Republican appointees.

Judge Alice Batchelder, who was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush wrote, “The right to an abortion before viability is not absolute. The State may regulate abortion before viability as long as it does not impose an undue burden on a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.”

Batchelder concluded,

We hold that the restrictions imposed, or burdens created, by H.B. 214 do not create a substantial obstacle to a woman’s ability to choose or obtain an abortion. Moreover, those restrictions are reasonably related to, and further, Ohio’s legitimate interests.

Therefore, H.B. 214 is valid in all conceivable cases and the plaintiffs cannot succeed on the merits of their claim.

Some pro-life advocates argue the Supreme Court should now rule based on the Ohio law.

In a statement, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said the ruling “upholds Ohio as a safe haven for unborn babies with Down Syndrome.”

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15 Responses

    1. I just don’t understand. This is 2021 not 1960. There are so many types of Birth Control out there to prevent pregnancy. I feel that it’s a woman’s responsibility to prevent herself from getting pregnant not the man’s. The best birth control there is, is for woman too stop spreading their legs open for every guy who comes along.

      1. Woman say, “ITS MY BODY, MY CHOICE”. If that is the case then why can’t a senior, lets say over 65, walk into a clinic, sign a few forms and be given something for a painless, peaceful death?? If you are lucky enough to grow older at some point you WILL come down with a devastating illness. Cancer, heart condition, whatever it may be your final days, maybe a couple of your final years will be absolutely dreadful both financially and emotionally. I just feel that choosing your time to depart IS THE ULTIMATE RIGHT.

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    3. Now this is just one win but we need to have planned parenthood fully unfunded by taxpayer dollars!

  1. I don’t know anyone who may have a better right to speak against abortion than one who has chosen/experienced having aborted a “living baby”. I was the stupid uninformed young person who did not realise abortion is MURDER! How could I not know???? Stupid, selfish (didn’t want husband to know it was not his)
    Not only IS it murder, I do not know how it is not charged as murder. A living being!!!! How could I no know???!!!!Would I ever even consider such a thing. Bad enough a baby could be sucked out of a Mother—others left in an isolated areas (cold?) to die—OR have it’s limbs cut off to enable “removal” from the womb. THIS procedure is MURDER!!!!

    1. Bette,

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know that God loves the penitent sinner…and we are all sinners. You have learned from your mistake and now speak to others so they are more aware than you were and don’t do the same. God bless you and give you His peace and healing as you continue to speak up in defense of life.

    2. Bette,
      THAT statement IS LIVING proof of what abortion really is. I am sorry you realized what it was too late, But thanks for warning others about it

  2. I DO want my comments to be public. You may also use my name and tell why I allowed it and want the following comments to be included. ” I want people to know how stupid a selfish, uneducated person can be. MORE THAN THAT—–THIS PROCEDURE SHOULD BE CHARGED AS MURDER—BECAUSE IT “IS MURDER’!!!!

    1. You are so right. I just hate it when I hear woman say, “ITS MY BODY, MY CHOICE.” NO ITS NOT, YOUR KILLING A GROWING HUMAN BEING. My question has been, when is a person protected under the Constitution for “LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS???” I would say it is when a heart beat is detected.

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