South Dakota Governor Will Propose Bill to Ban Abortions of Down Syndrome Babies

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced on Jan. 23 that she’ll introduce a bill to her state’s legislature on Jan. 25 that would ban abortion of babies based solely on a diagnose of Down syndrome.

The Republican governor made the decision on the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

“I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all preborn children inherently possess a right to life,” Noem said on Twitter. “To that end, on Monday I will introduce a bill that bans abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.”

Statistics indicate that women with Down syndrome-related pregnancy have a high abortion rate. Though data is limited, the most recent data available released in a study by Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that about 67 percent of U.S. pregnancies where it is suggested the baby would be born with Down syndrome end in abortion.

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