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Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act Advances to House Floor

girlthumbsupreEditor’s note. My family will be on vacation through the end of next week. I will be posting an occasional new story, but for the most part we will be re-posting columns that ran over the last year. Many will be strictly educational while some will about remind us of notable victories this legislative cycle.

COLUMBUS, Ohio—On June 16, the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement voted in favor of Ohio Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (H.B. 135), 9-3 with bipartisan support.

“With these committee hearings, Ohioans have had the opportunity to define what kind of state we want to be: one that accommodates difference and protects every person’s right to life,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “We are tremendously proud of this committee for taking steps towards making Ohio a safer place for every human child, regardless of how many chromosomes they have.”

Medical experts and family advocates from across Ohio and the country have testified on behalf of this legislation, while two opponents testified against it. Dr. Ashley K. Fernandes board trustee of Ohio Right to Life, testified in favor of the legislation. He is a pediatrician and a bioethicist and is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“It is my duty, and that of any pediatrician, to create a climate of love and support for these families and their children,” said Dr. Fernandes. “To show solidarity with them, to be, for what it’s worth in our brief visits with them, a face of love and hope. You as legislators, whom we have entrusted to codify the shared moral values of our society and state, also have that obligation. Children with Down syndrome are persons worthy of dignity and worthy to be cherished.”

The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act now moves to the House floor for a vote.

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