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DOJ: Down Syndrome Is No Justification for Abortion

The feds and Ohio would rather not engage in eugenics.

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In a move that is sure to win favor with pro-lifers present at the March for Life in DC on Friday, the Trump Department of Justice Wednesday announced it was siding with the state of Ohio regarding a controversial bill that does not permit doctors to perform abortions solely on the basis of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

A physician performing the procedure on a child with the condition would face a fourth-degree felony charge, loss of their medical license, and other legal damages. The law will be brought before the 6th Court of Appeals for a decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court has found that any legislative measure that “substantially burdens” a female from terminating a pregnancy through abortion is unconstitutional. The Trump DOJ argues that “nothing in Ohio’s [Down syndrome] law creates a substantial obstacle to women obtaining an abortion.”

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It is stupefying that, after totalitarian experiments in eugenics (the supposed process of improving races and the species by selective breeding and birth), and our own dangerous walk down that path in the early 20th century, that there are those who would advocate killing unborn infants on the basis of health superiority.

Though sadly, there is precedence.

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The eugenics movement was once so influential in America that even a respected jurist such as Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said in the majority opinion in the 1927 Buck v. Bell case, the case concerned eugenics measures in Virginia, that “It would be strange if it (Virginia) could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, to prevent our being swamped with incompetence.

It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.” Holmes concluded, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough”.

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Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, along with many other prominent individuals and organizations, also supported eugenics.
After the cold-blooded theory thankfully lost credence in the United States it was employed en masse by Nazi Germany to genocidal results.
That is the legacy those who wish to abort Down syndrome babies take on as their own.
However, the state of Ohio and the Trump DOJ do not ascribe to these inhumane notions. We are a better nation because they don’t.
David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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