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).

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Down syndrome person rights should be defended.

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.

Gov. Lee celebrated on Twitter, writing, “Every life is precious and every child has inherent human dignity.”
“Our law prohibits abortion based on the race, gender, or diagnosis of Down syndrome of the child and the court’s decision will save lives,” the governor said. “Protecting our most vulnerable Tennesseans is worth the fight.” We also celebrate the effective measure to defend the life of S.D. people condemned before birth worldwide.