Arkansas Bill Banning Down Syndrome Abortions Sent to Pro-Life Governor
In The United States, 67-85% of pre-born babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Arkansas may soon be the first State to change this. Senate Bill 2 forbids abortion doctors from performing abortions if the mother is seeking an abortion due to a Down syndrome diagnosis. Abortionists that ignore the law would lose their medical license, face up to six years in Prison and possibly pay a maximum fine of $10,000. Bill 2 passed Senate 29-2 this month and state House 75-11 on Wednesday.
The Republican state Senator that introduced the bill, Trent Garner, explains, “I decided to push the bill forward to protect those that were born differently, through the disastrous procedure of abortion, we lose valuable and special people from society.”
Last month, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill immediately banning all abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned or refuted. Hutchinson plans to sign a pending bill banning abortions starting at 18 weeks. It is reasonable to assume that Governor Hutchinson will sign Bill 2.
Here is a section of the Senate Bill prohibiting Down syndrome abortions:
” (b) Before performing an abortion, the physician performing the abortion shall ask the pregnant woman if she is aware of any test results, prenatal diagnosis, or any other evidence that the unborn child may have Down Syndrome. (2) If the pregnant woman knows of any test results, prenatal diagnosis, or any other evidence that the unborn child may have Down Syndrome, the physician who is performing the abortion shall:
(A) Inform the pregnant woman of the prohibition of abortion contained in subsection (a) of this section; and (B) Request the medical records of the pregnant woman relevant to determining whether she has previously aborted an unborn child or children after she became aware of any test results, prenatal diagnosis, or any other evidence that the unborn child may have had Down Syndrome.”