Lawmakers in Ohio are considering legislation that would make aborting Down syndrome babies illegal.
The law, if passed, would penalize doctors for performing abortions on pregnant women who received a positive test that their baby will have Down syndrome.
The state would not fine or punish a woman who aborts the baby after receiving a positive test for the congenital disorder. The doctor who performs the abortion, however, would be held responsible and could receive a fourth-degree felony charge. Officials could fine the doctor and even prevent the physician from continuing to practice medicine, according to The Associated Press.
“[Doctors] tell you of these horrific things that can happen [with a Down syndrome baby] … the different anomalies, cardiac issues …I really feel like you’re given a death sentence,” Ohio nurse Kelly Kuhns told The Associated Press.
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