Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) reintroduced legislation on January 28 that seeks to protect the lives of preborn babies with Down syndrome. Senate Bill 75 (S.75) would prohibit doctors from committing abortions on children because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome. According to Sen. Inhofe’s press release, Congressman Ron Estes of Kansas introduced a House companion bill to Inhofe’s Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act.
At least 21 senators have signed on to co-sponsor S.75, including Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Sen. Inhofe said of his bill, “All children should be given the chance at life and our friends in the Down syndrome community are no exception. To take away a child’s life because of his or her chromosome count is unthinkable and I am proud to take a stand today on behalf of those who cannot.” He continued, “It’s tragic that in the United States babies are being targeted simply because they have one more chromosome. This legislation is about ensuring the rights of individuals with disabilities are protected.”
Today in the United States, nearly two-thirds of babies diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome are violently killed before they are born. Worldwide, it is estimated that approximately 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are destroyed in their mothers’ wombs, simply for having an extra chromosome. One country, Iceland, infamously boasted in 2017 that they were close to eradicating Down syndrome throughout their country — but in truth, the country had not eradicated the disease, but instead slaughtered an entire class of people with the condition in utero.
Bill co-sponsor Sen. Roger Marshall, an OB/GYN who delivered more than 5,000 babies practicing medicine in his home state Kansas, remarked that as an obstetrician, he has brought “thousands of babies into the world” and now he can “continue the fight for pro-life policies” with bills like this one in the U.S. Senate. “While those on the far left including in the new Administration continue to advocate against human life,” he said, “I will keep doing what Kansans sent me to Washington to do: continue my lifelong fight for the wellbeing of mothers and their babies and working to end the practice of abortion.”
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