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Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban

An Ohio bill would ban abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. It's become a divisive issue in the community, much like it is everywhere else.
Kelly Kuhns's two-year-old son Oliver was born with Down syndrome. She says that she was shocked when a prenatal test revealed a Trisomy 21 mutation. But, she says, "he's still a baby. He's still worthy of a life just like everybody else." Source: Sarah McCammon

When a pregnant woman finds out that she's likely to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome, she's often given the option to terminate the pregnancy. But families affected by the genetic disorder that causes developmental delays are conflicted over whether such abortions should be legal.

Ohio could soon become the latest state to restrict abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. A bill that would for doctors to perform abortions after a Down and could be ready for Gov. John Kasich's signature as soon as this week.

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