Down syndrome abortion bans gain traction after court ruling

Holly Christensen, left, pushes her daughter, Lyra, on a swing, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Akron, Ohio. Anti-abortion activists say 2021 has been a breakthrough year for legislation in several states seeking to prohibit abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Opponents of the bills, including some parents with children who have Down syndrome like Holly, argue that elected officials should not be meddling with a woman’s deeply personal decision on whether to carry a pregnancy to term after a Down syndrome diagnosis.

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