The new advances in prenatal tests in the last years made it possible to easily detect Down Syndrome and any fetus’s genetic disorder with a minimum margin of error, making possible the systematic discrimination before the birth of these persons worldwide. Down syndrome person rights to life has been defended by our Observatory several times (read HERE).
As far as we know, the United States is now the only country together with Poland and some African countries that bans this discrimination before birth in several states (read HERE). In Tennesse, the legislation, signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee this summer, was among the so-called “heartbeat bans” passed by several states blocking abortions after detecting a fetal heartbeat and explicitly prohibiting abortion after detecting that the fetus has DS. Providers of abortion in this state with pro-choice groups have appealed to stop the laws from taking effect in Tennessee.
Last month the court ruled 2-1 in the state’s favor, allowing Tennessee to enforce the ban while litigation continues.