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I'm writing to urge your support for H.B. 214/S.B. 164, legislation to protect unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome from abortion. Sadly, upwards of 90 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

This is despite the fact that Down syndrome is not a fatal diagnosis - for either the child or the parent.

One of the main reasons why abortion is so disproportionately high in the case of Down syndrome is because of stigma. Despite our increasingly accepting and diverse culture, these parents are very unlikely to receive the support they need to see their pregnancies through to birth. The medical literature supports the notion that the quality of life of families is dependent on the support they receive more than medical or socio-economic factors. Women abort after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome because of the perceived parenting burden and perceived quality of life of children with Down syndrome. These are reversible factors that depend on our efforts. But abortion is irreversible.

Please support the passage of this legislation and help Ohio become a more supportive and empathetic state that refuses to discriminate against babies diagnosed with Down syndrome.