Ohio considers Down syndrome abortion ban

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BILL. REPRESENTATIVE BECKER, THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING ON “NEW DAY.” EXPLAIN TO US HOW THIS BILL WORKS. IF A MOTHER WERE TO TERMINATE A PREGNANCY ONCE SHE LEARNED THE CHILD HAD DOWN SYNDROME WOULD SHE FACE JOUL TIME OR THE DOCTOR FACE JAIL TIME IN. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON ALISYN, GOOD MORNING. THIS BILL IS NOT AIMED AT THE MOTHERS AT ALL. IT IS AIMED AT THE DOCTORS AND DOESN’T PREVENT OR IN ESSENCE OUTLAW ABORTIONS OR DOWN SYNDROME PEOPLE. IT’S RATHER THE INTENTION, THE SOLE INTENTION IS BECAUSE THE FETUS IS DIAGNOSED WITH DOWN SYNDROME. >> THIS IS SUCH AN AGONIZING AND PERSONAL DECISION FOR PARENTS. WHY IS IT THE STATE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THIS DECISION FOR PARENTS? >> WELL, ALISYN, IT’S A MATTER OF THE STATE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT LIVES.

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT INNOCENT FRACTION OF THEM END UP WORKING AT A PAYING JOB. SO, IS IT YOUR SUGGESTION THAT IF PARENTS FEEL ILL EQUIPPED TO HAVE A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS THAT THE STATE WOULD TAKE CARE OF THEM? THOSE CHILDREN COULD BE INSTITUTIONALIZED AND THE STATE WOULD PICK UP THE TAB? >> WELL, ALISON, FOR PARENTS WHO ARE NOT EQUIPPED, A LOT OF PARENTS AREN’T. I GET THAT. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE EQUIPPED AND WANT TO ADOPT THESE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. THERE ARE OPTIONS OUT THERE. THE IDEA IS, JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY IS HANDICAP, WE DON’T .

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