Indiana Passes Law Banning Abortion of Down Syndrome or Dwarfed Children

Down Syndrome Child-compressedINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Lawmakers in Indiana have passed a bill banning the murder of unborn children based on a Down Syndrome diagnosis or any other disability, while stopping short of banning all abortion in the state.

H.B. 1337 passed the House of Representatives in a 60-40 vote on Wednesday, just a week after the Indiana Senate advanced the legislation 37-13.

“Indiana does not allow a fetus to be aborted solely because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability,” the bill, introduced by Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, reads.

It outlines that the other disabilities include physical and mental disabilities, disfigurement, scoliosis, dwarfism, albinism and amelia.

Indiana Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, told reporters that the bill is needed as physicians sometimes encourage mothers to abort because of the child’s health or abnormality.

“What we hear from doctors is, ‘It would really be better off if you were not born. If you are born, we will love you, and we think you have equal rights and should be a member of society. In fact, we have the Americans with Disabilities Act and have to make accommodations. But we don’t want to make the accommodation before you’re born, and in fact, it would really be easier if you were not born,’” she explained in outlining the mindset of some in the medical field.

But Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, voted against the measure after speaking with his wife, who he said is “as pro-life as they come,” because he felt the move infringed on a mother’s choices.

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“Today is a perfect example a bunch of middle-aged guys sitting in this room making decisions about what we think is best for women,” he told the House this week. “We need to quit pretending we know what’s best for women and their health care needs.”

Others expressed concern about the legislation because it allowed perfectly healthy unborn children to be killed while only those with disabilities are protected.

The legislation also provides requirements surrounding the disposition of babies who are aborted, requiring that they either be buried or cremated, in order to keep fetal remains out of landfills.

“An abortion clinic or health care facility having possession of an aborted fetus shall provide for the final disposition of the aborted fetus,” it reads. “The burial transit permit requirements … apply to the final disposition of an aborted fetus, which must be interred or cremated.”

The bill states that the woman is not required to provide a name for the baby on the burial permit.

The legislation now heads to the desk of Gov. Mike Pence, who is expected to sign the bill. North Dakota is the only other state that bans the abortion of children who have fetal abnormalities.

As previously reported, in 2014, then Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law the Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act, which mandates that mothers be offered contacts for resource and support services, national and local Down Syndrome organizations and access to early intervention programs, which include in-home help and therapy.

The bill had been inspired by Chloe Kondrich, a young girl with Down Syndrome, whose parents Kurt and Margie Kondrich became horrified when they learned that approximately 90 percent of women abort after receiving the diagnosis.

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  • Josey

    We should celebrate life regardless at conception. I pray God shuts the wombs of women who would advocate abortion or contempulate one if they were pregnant as a judgement until these women have their eyes open to the truth of abortion being murder of the innocent. I pray God opens the wombs of women who desperately want a child and who can raise that child in God’s ways for His glory but not my will be done, God’s will be done always.

    • Paige Turner


  • BarkingDawg

    So Indiana advocates preserving genetic abnormalities.

    That would explain Terre Haute

  • While they’re banning, they should add tax and reporting conditions to the various tests by which Down Syndrome is detected and screened. These tests lead inevitably to abortion, both deliberate and accidental, and have no benefit to the child.

    • CLS

      They have every benefit to the child actually and the mother, as children that come back positive on many of these tests are going to be long, debilitating and high risk deliveries for both the mother and child. Over 200 of these tested diseases will leave the child so mutilated it will fail to live once the umbilical cord is cut and will leave the mother with a destroyed uterus because she carried the misshapen child too long.

      • Your words betray your thinking: The child, “it”. All the children I have ever met have been “he” or “she”. There’s no such thing as failing to live: there is dying, and it is reserved for the living.

  • Paige Turner

    Roe V Wade

  • AmyinMN

    “We need to quit pretending we know what’s best for women and their health care needs.” I’m sorry, but killing an infant is not a “health care need”.

    • CLS

      Yet God gave Woman the Burden NO? Made Eve in the mind to labor children and punished her sins by increasing her pain in child birth. But it was God who put this and these burdens on the mother. And God instructs us ALL that decisions based on the idea of relieving ones burden is to Follow the Law of God. So in these cases, to trust a government voted bill over the decision of GOD himself to place the burden and even motherly love upon the mother and put it on her as the only one who can relieve these specific children’s burdens is pretty much denying God and his judgment no? So you do not trust God, think he got it wrong when he decided women would be the one suffer and have to make these decisions? He even gave her motherly instincts to help her make these decisions.
      Also, GOD never intended for a woman who miscarries a baby in a public bathroom to have to wade through the toilet and pull out the chunks to present and pay for a burial. (Another thing this bill will require of women whose womb rejects the fetus. God never intended her to have to present the child to an ER with blood on her hands for his decision to wash the child from the womb as if it was her crime and punishment.) Then we can get into the part of the bill that tells a woman whose child has DIED in the womb, that she must keep the dead child there until her body naturally goes into labor to remove it. Even if the result of carrying the dead child for weeks will leave her sterile as a result. Another part of the law.

      This law counters God, and to support it means you are more interested in stating you are right over righteous. God never intended one to force suffering on others, never implied we must force women to ignore their instincts and force children to suffer in order to bring compassion into this world. No he said to Bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ. So when the mother chooses to end the pregnancy of a mutated child, it is she and only she who can fulfill Law of Christ by choosing to bear burden upon herself and relieve her child’s suffering.