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Ohio has passed a bill that which bans the selective abortion of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. Abortion is in fact murder.

I believe that life is sacred, both in the womb and outside the womb.

God said “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

David said “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

Luke said “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:41)

God said “You shall not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17)

King Solomon said “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood.”  (Proverbs 6:16)

Biblical authors unanimously refer to the preborn as people. Job describes miscarried babies as “infants who never saw the light” (Job 3:16). Pregnant mothers are referred to throughout the New Testament as being “with child (Matthew 1:18, Luke 2:5). Of Rebekah and Abraham’s twin sons, Moses records “the children struggled together within her” (Genesis 25:22). Luke refers to Elizabeth’s baby with the exact same word, υἱὸν (Greek for “son”), both before and after his birth (Luke 1:36, 57). They’re not ambiguous “blobs of cells” or “scrambled eggs” but sons, daughters, children, infants.

It is beyond heinous to test for Downs Syndrome and then abort based on the results of the test. The abortion industry and advocates are of course outraged.

This bill prevents a woman from having honest conversations about her options with her physician following a complicated medical diagnosis,” NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio executive director Kellie Copeland explained. “This legislation callously disregards the unique circumstances that surround each woman’s pregnancy,” Copeland’s deputy, Jamie Miracle, added.

Planned Parenthood Ohio has campaigned vigorously against the bill, too. A Planned Parenthood release about Missouri’s own Down-syndrome abortion ban read:

Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision that must be left to women, in consultation with their families, faith, and health care providers.

The Center for Reproductive Rights called Ohio’s bill

a dangerous attempt by anti-choice politicians to pit the disability rights community against the reproductive rights community.

The ACLU of Ohio, meanwhile, believes the law is unconstitutional, and argues that it

does nothing to improve the lives of people with disabilities, nor does it increase their access to health care or other services, nor does it educate a woman and her family about having a child with a disability.

Many countries, including Iceland and France are trying to eliminate Downs Syndrome through aggressive pre-natal testing and abortion.

Ohio should be commended for its stance against these barbaric practices.