On Wednesday, Oct. 30, United States Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), introduced the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act, which would ban elective abortions targeting preborn children with Down syndrome. Congressman Ron Estes (R-KS), introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.
“If you’ve ever met someone or have a family member with Down syndrome, you know they are joyous, wonderful people who deserve as much out of life as any other person,” said Sen. Lankford. “I am honored to join Sen. Inhofe in cosponsoring the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act to protect children in the womb who are diagnosed with Down syndrome. God has a plan for every life, and we should honor that plan by working together as a nation to ensure each child and his or her family have access to the resources they need to succeed regardless of whether or not a child has an extra chromosome.”
The Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act would punish abortionists who kill a preborn child knowing the decision is based, in whole or in part, on the belief the child has Down syndrome. The bill also ensures that no woman can be forced to have an abortion because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, and that expectant mothers will not be punished in any way.
This bill comes at a time when preborn babies with Down syndrome are being slaughtered at unimaginable rates. Estimates say that anywhere between 50-85% of babies with Down syndrome are being killed in elective abortions in the United States, while countries like Denmark and Iceland have embraced full-scale eugenics to murder every baby suspected of having Down syndrome — a practice eerily reminiscent of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s work to eliminate the “unfit” from society.
This bill echoes the spirit of the Texas Abolition Strategy, whose first step is to pass the Preborn NonDiscrimination Act (PreNDA). Such bills cause the American people and our government to consider the humanity of the preborn and the value of all lives, regardless of biological sex, ethnicity, or suspected disability.
Furthermore, United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has stated clearly that, to build a court record affirming the humanity of the preborn as part of the process of eventually overturning Roe v. Wade, the nation’s highest court must confront legislation highlighting the eugenic nature of these elective abortions.
Texas should be taking the lead on protecting the preborn across our country — yet the Texas Legislature did not pass a single bill this year to directly ban abortions! If you are tired of seeing Texas fall behind, ask your legislators to urge Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick to call a special session supporting the Lone Star Agenda!