About the bill
Should abortion be banned if prenatal tests indicate that the child born would have Down syndrome, and despite similar state laws repeatedly being ruled unconstitutional?
While Roe v. Wade still stands as the law of the land, some states have recently banned abortion based on the fetus having Down syndrome.
Many of these laws have been blocked as unconstitutional in court, including most recently an Ohio law in October. But states have nonetheless passed such laws regardless, including Indiana, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Kentucky.
Down syndrome can be detected starting about 10 to 13 weeks into pregnancy.
What the legislation does
The Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act would nationally ban abortions performed because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The House version …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2019
Length: 9 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on October 29, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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56 Cosponsors (56 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Rep. Estes Introduces Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act”
— Rep. Ron Estes [R-KS4] (Sponsor) on Oct 30, 2019
“Rep. Williams Fights to Protect the Unborn During COVID-19”
— Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25] (Co-sponsor) on May 13, 2020
“Stauber Leads Legislation to Prohibit Abortions Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis”
— Rep. Pete Stauber [R-MN8] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 30, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
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H.R. 4903 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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