Judge Halts Ohio Ban on Aborting Down Syndrome Babies, Says They’re Not People Yet, Only ‘Potential’ Lives

– March 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has granted a preliminary injunction against an Ohio law that banned mothers from killing their unborn child just because he or she has Down syndrome.

“The State cannot dictate what factors a woman is permitted to consider in making her choice,” wrote U.S. District Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday. “The State’s attempt to carve out exceptions to a categorical right where none exist fails as a matter of law.”

As previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU), two local branches of Planned Parenthood and several other abortion facilities filed a lawsuit last month to challenge the new Ohio law, stating that it “undermines [the abortion facilities’] mission to honor and support the decisions their patients make, whether it is to continue or to end a pregnancy.”

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