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Supreme Court will not hear case this term on Down syndrome abortion ban

Supreme Court will not hear case this term on Down syndrome abortion ban

The Supreme Court of the United States decided yesterday that it would not hear an appeal this term from Indiana regarding a 2016 law, signed by then-Governor Mike Pence, to ban abortions solely for the reason of Down syndrome or other disability. The law would have also prohibited sex- and race-based abortions, and would have required that the bodies of aborted babies be buried or cremated. The Court’s decision, for now, leaves in place the earlier Seventh Circuit ruling that the Indiana law is unconstitutional.

The law struck down by the lower court means the state can proceed with abortions targeting babies with Down syndrome, a non-fatal developmental condition for which babies are being aborted at an alarming rate, and whom the Indiana law was intended to protect.

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