Illinois Bill Would Make It 4th State to Ban Abortions on Babies with Down Syndrome

Two Illinois lawmakers hope to make their state the next one to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions.

The Journal Star reports Republican state Reps. Allen Skillicorn, of Crystal Lake, and Thomas Morrison, of Palatine, introduced state House Bill 4210 last week to prohibit abortions on unborn babies solely because of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

Doctors who violate the law could face a class 4 felony or loss of medical license. Women who seek abortions would not be penalized.

“All life is precious and unique, including children with Down syndrome,” Skillicorn said. “They are not second-class citizens.”

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