Ohio’s legislature –most of which is pro-life –appears poised to approve a bill that will ban women from getting an abortion to avoid having a baby with Down Syndrome. Governor John Kasich has signed abortion restriction before but has not released his stance on the bill. Because women can undergo prenatal testing to see if their baby will be afflicted with certain diseases and disorders, between 50 and 85 percent of women who discover that their baby might have Down syndrome have chosen an abortion. Critics of the bill say that the ban would be difficult to enforce and likely violates the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which delineates that women can choose to get an abortion at any point until the fetus is viable. It also affects the definition of the right to choose an abortion as a private matter between the patient and her doctor.
Should prenatal test results determine whether or not a person can receive an abortion?