Leftist Bemoans That TX ‘Heartbeat Law’ May Mean Kids With Down Syndrome Won’t Be Aborted


Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology president — and apparent abortion advocate — Richard Hanania weighed in among critics of the Supreme Courts decision to allow the Texas “Heartbeat Law,” which may effectively ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, noting that stricter abortion laws may mean that more children will be born with Down Syndrome. Although Hanania did not appear to make a value judgment on the matter in his tweet, he is clearly supportive of laws allowing parents to elect to abort a differently abled child, including a child with Down Syndrome — and he goes on to suggest that the “whole developed world” would look down on Americans who allow such barbarism. “You can’t screen for Down syndrome before about 10 weeks, and something like 80% of Down syndrome fetuses are aborted. If red states ban abortion, we could see a world where they have five times as many children with Down syndrome, and similar numbers for other disabilities,” Hanania wrote. He later insisted that he was simply making an empirical observation, but in a second tweet, he added that America “[c]ould be outliers in the whole developed world. […]”

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