Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortion blocked by U.S. appeals court

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Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortion blocked by U.S. appeals courtUpholding a preliminary injunction, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the law was invalid under Supreme Court precedents because it had the purpose and effect of preventing some women from obtaining pre-viability abortions. The law known as House Bill 214 subjected doctors to as much as 18 months in prison for performing abortions when they knew a pregnant woman based her decision to abort at least in part on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in the fetus, or other reason to believe that condition was present. John Kasich, then Ohio’s Republican governor, signed the law in December 2017, following passage by the Republican-controlled legislature.


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