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Utah House passes bill to ban abortions sought because baby diagnosed with Down syndrome

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Even in Utah, the secular press is resolutely pro-abortion. So it came as absolutely no surprise that the Salt Lake City Tribune spent most of its story arguing the unconstitutionality of a ban on aborting children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.

On Monday HB205 passed the House overwhelmingly, 54-17, and now heads to the Senate. Previously the House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to send HB205 to the full House.

One pro-abortion Democratic House Judiciary Committee member, shedding crocodile tears of righteous indignation right and left, “reminded them of their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution when they entered office,” according to reporter Michelle L. Price.

A similar measure is the law in Indiana, Ohio, and North Dakota and has yet to reach the Supreme Court, making predictions about its constitutionality conjecture, at best, rank bias, at worse.

“The bill would make it a misdemeanor for a doctor to perform an abortion knowing that the pregnant woman is seeking it because of a diagnosis or suspicion that the fetus has Down syndrome,” Price reported.

In his story, Luke Ramseth at least listed the case for HB205 and testimony from one of the proponents.

“We need this law to protect individuals with Down syndrome from discrimination to ensure they have the right to exist,” said Rep. Marianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, the bill’s sponsor.

“This kind of an abortion is an instance of eugenics, which we have repudiated as a people, including by the Supreme Court many decades ago,” added William Duncan, President of a pro-life think tank in Utah.

Ramseth then quoted a 48-year-old woman with Down syndrome who sang her testimony to the lawmakers:

“It’s true I don’t walk or talk just like you / It could be I’m slow but one thing I know / I want to be good at things just like you / I have feelings, too.”


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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