(TargetLiberty.org) – Pro-life campaigners won a major battle in Arizona this week when the state’s governor signed a bill that bans abortions justified by genetic defects in the fetus. Liberals are already protesting the ban and legal challenges are likely – but that could lead to a showdown with the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.
The measure bans abortions performed strictly on the basis of genetic disorders detected in the fetus. https://t.co/Nan1mUSQdW
— IJR (@TheIJR) April 28, 2021
On April 27, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill passed by the state legislature’s GOP majority that protects fetuses identified as having a hereditary disorder, such as Down Syndrome or cystic fibrosis. The only exemption from the new law is if the disorder is considered lethal and the fetus is unlikely to survive. It’ll also become a felony to coerce a woman into aborting a baby with a genetic disorder, or to accept or solicit money to pay to abort such a baby.
In January, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that a similar Arkansas law was unconstitutional. But earlier this month, the 6th Circuit Court backed an Ohio law to protect Downs babies from abortion. This conflict, plus the new Arizona law, could put the issue before the Supreme Court – and with a 6-3 conservative majority there, the Left probably isn’t looking forward to that decision.
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