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Lawmakers across the country have either passed or are considering bills that would make it illegal for a woman to get an abortion "solely" because the fetus has Down syndrome. Some families choose to abort fetuses with chromosomal abnormalities because that's not the life they want for their children. But others feel it's wrong to abort, period, and aborting because of Down syndrome constitutes discrimination. What do you think?

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Down syndrome has taken center stage in the abortion fight, and lawmakers across the country are proposing bills that would make it illegal for women to seek an abortion "solely" because the fetus has Down syndrome. 

Karianne Lisonbee, a Utah state representative, describes abortion based on chromosomal abnormalities as "a terrible form of discrimination." Kentucky, Indiana and Florida lawmakers are also considering similar legislation that would make it illegal for physicians to perform abortions involving a fetus with Down syndrome.

In comments that invoked eugenics — a movement to improve human genetics through selective breeding — and Nazi Germany, Rep. Addia Wuchner said she believes the bill would help protect the lives of children with Down syndrome, a chromosomal defect.

Pro-life supporters argue Down syndrome is not something to be eliminated. First and foremost, we're talking about people. There's nothing inferior or worse about them—they're just people. The drive to prevent suffering is noble but aborting babies with birth defects or chromosomal abnormalities is absolutely the wrong decision.

We should not be eliminating people we think are "unfit" for society. That's eugenics. 

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Parents who choose to terminate pregnancies because of chromosomal abnormalities say they're doing so to prevent their child from enduring a life of suffering. There are plenty of stories where people with Down syndrome do well—these are the stories highlighted by abortion opponents and activists—but there are also stories of parents who deeply struggle with providing and caring for their child. Will the pro-life activists help these parents with the cost of physical therapy, treatments, and specialized long-term care?

In a Washington Post editorial, Ruth Marcus describes the importance of allowing parents to make their own decision about their family.

I respect—I admire—families that knowingly welcome a baby with Down syndrome into their lives. Certainly, to be a parent is to take the risks that accompany parenting; you love your child for who she is, not what you want her to be. 
But accepting that essential truth is different from compelling a woman to give birth to a child whose intellectual capacity will be impaired, whose life choices will be limited, whose health may be compromised... This means limited capacity for independent living and financial security; Down syndrome is life-altering for the entire family.

It's a personal decision and should be left that way. Don't judge what families do—whatever they choose.

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