Pro-life Illinois legislators introduce bill to ban Down syndrome abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Illinois state Rep. Allen Skillicorn

The worse fear of pro-abortionists is that a particular type of pro-life legislation will “catch on.” As NRL News Today readers recall, on December 22, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which prohibits abortion for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

Currently Indiana and North Dakota also ban abortions based on genetic anomalies.

Yesterday the Peoria Journal Star reported that Illinois state Reps. Allen Skillicorn of Crystal Lake and Thomas Morrison of Palatine have submitted House Bill 4210.

According to Maximilian, Kwiatkowski, HB 4210 “would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion with knowledge the mother is ‘seeking the abortion solely on account of the fetus having a test result indicating Down syndrome, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, or any other reason to believe that the fetus has Down syndrome.’”

Skillicorn said the bill’s inspiration came from similar measures, including, most recently, passage in Ohio.

“All life is precious and unique, including children with Down syndrome,” said Skillicorn. “They are not second-class citizens.”

Skillicorn granted that there will be considerable pro-abortion opposition. But he said he would not be deterred from pushing for his bill.

Illinois state Rep. Thomas Morrison

“I expect there to be the special interests who want to allow the practice indiscriminately,” he told Kwiatkowski. “But this is an ethical and moral dilemma people need to talk about. This is about unique people with insights that deserve respect. Down syndrome should not be a death sentence.”

Abortion became a flashpoint issue in Illinois once again in September 2017 when HB 40 passed. As the Chicago Tribune noted, “The new law expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother. The law expands the Medicaid coverage beyond those limited cases.”

It also “remov[ed]a passage that could have renewed a ban on the practice entirely if the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade was overturned,” Kwiatkowski wrote.

Pro-abortion Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly controversial HB 40 into law on September 28.