South Dakota's Gov. Noem Calls for Law to Ban Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies

By Michael W. Chapman | January 15, 2021 | 3:52pm EST
South Dakota gov. Kristi Noem (R).    (SD GOP)
South Dakota gov. Kristi Noem (R). (SD GOP)

(CNS News) -- In her Jan. 12 State of the State address, conservative South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) announced that she is calling on the state legislature to pass a law that would ban the killing of unborn children by abortion just because they have Down syndrome. 

"The Declaration of Independence summarizes what we all know in our hearts to be true," said Gov. Noem. "God created each of us and endowed all of us with the right to life. This is true for everyone, including those with an extra chromosome."

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"I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all pre-born children inherently possess this right to life, too," she said. "Until that time comes, I am asking the South Dakota legislature to pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Down syndrome continues to be the most common chromosomal disorder. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, which is about 1 in every 700 babies born."

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"Between 1979 and 2003, the number of babies born with Down syndrome increased by about 30%," said the CDC and, today, Down syndrome persons often live into their mid-40s. 

Nonetheless, abortion rates of babies with Down syndrome are disturbing. 

"According to the most recent data available, the United States has an estimated termination rate for Down syndrome of 67 percent (1995-2011); in France it's 77 percent (2015); and Denmark, 98 percent (2015)," according to CBS News. "The law in Iceland permits abortion after 16 weeks if the fetus has a deformity -- and Down syndrome is included in this category."

"The lethal discrimination practiced against such persons has become a worldwide phenomenon," wrote David F. Forte in Public Discourse, The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute. "Iceland has trumpeted its success in eliminating people with Down syndrome from the island. Denmark, whose people heroically saved over 95 percent of the Jews living there during World War II, now boasts that 98 percent of unborn children with the condition are aborted. Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, and Belgium all have rates exceeding 90 percent." 

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"Hitler wanted Europe to be judenrein, scrubbed clean of Jews," wrote Forte. "It seems that today Europe aspires to be DownSyndromerein." 

In her remarks, Gov. Noem also noted the high incidence of abortion of Down syndrome babies.

"[S]ome European countries, like Iceland and Denmark, are on pace to virtually eliminate children with Down syndrome," she said. "They do this one way and one way only: through abortion. As actress Patricia Heaton points out, Iceland is simply killing everyone that has it."

"As South Dakotans, frankly, as human beings, we should all be appalled by this," said the governor.  "We are better than that."

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