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May 26, 2021

More than 80 Members of Congress ask Supreme Court to Protect Unborn Children with Down Syndrome

It is horrifying that as many as 70% of unborn babies with a Down syndrome diagnosis are aborted. In 2019, Arkansas passed a law prohibiting these discriminatory and horrific murders, but a lower court blocked the law from going into effect.

The Arkansas Attorney General has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the law, and 82 members of Congress have filed an amicus brief in support. Signatories include Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), and many other brave men and women.

The brief states that "Performing an abortion on the basis of a disability disregards the dignity of those with disabilities and perpetuates abortion as 'a tool of modern-day eugenics.'"

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), who signed the brief, has a special interest in protecting the law. His son, Alex, has Down syndrome. "Alex … is one of the greatest joys in my life," Sessions said. "The United States of America grants rights to an individual based on their God-given existence, with or without disabilities. Alex and many others are proof of the greatness Down syndrome individuals can accomplish and the value they bring to society."

Sen. Tom Cotton, who championed the effort, stated, "Our society has an obligation to protect the most vulnerable, including unborn children with disabilities. Arkansas' law seeks to protect babies with Down syndrome from modern-day eugenicists who want to end their lives, simply because of their disability."

Rep. Hinson added, "Every life is valuable and has dignity and our laws should reflect that."

It is tragic that we need laws to protect the most vulnerable among us, and it is outrageous that such laws are challenged by those who promote a culture of death. Join us in praying that the Supreme Court would agree to hear this case, and that the justices would uphold the law and protect these precious unborn children.

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