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Legislation that would stop a woman from obtaining an abortion in North Carolina simply because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was on its way to Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday after it received final approval in the state Senate. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will have to approve or reject this ban.
Under the bill, a doctor would have to present an attestation to the state that they did not hear or have reason to believe “that a woman requested an abortion because of a Down syndrome diagnosis or the presumed race of the fetus.” The doctor would also be required to present any testing results for Down syndrome as reported by WRAL.
“Children should not have to pass a genetic test to earn the right to be born,” said Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth. “This is eugenics in its worst form.” Arguments have been presented that many down syndrome tests come back incorrect. Groups on both sides of the abortion debate quickly weighed in and urged Cooper to sign or veto the bill once it was received.