Down Syndrome Organizations Advocate in Court for Indiana’s Dignity for the Unborn Law

November 30, 2017

Alliance Defending Freedom and the Bioethics Defense Fund attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal appeals court on behalf of three Down syndrome advocacy groups and a women’s advocacy organization

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of organizations who advocate for individuals protected by Indiana’s 2016 Dignity for the

Unborn Law. The Dignity for the Unborn Law bans abortions for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability, like Down syndrome. Represented in the friend-of-the-court brief are the three Down syndrome advocacy groups – Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Saving Downs and Down Pride – and Women Speak for Themselves, a grassroots women’s organization.

In September, Obama-appointed federal judge, Tanya Walton Pratt, blocked the Dignity for the Unborn Law by siding with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is currently appealing Pratt’s decision before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago.

“No innocent human being should be targeted for abortion because of their sex or an extra chromosome, as is the case with Down syndrome,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “It’s telling that Planned Parenthood is suing for the right to continue aborting these innocent boys and girls. The abortion chain cares more about profiting off of women in their time of need than siding with justice, tolerance and acceptance for children with Down syndrome.

“We extend our thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom and the Bioethics Defense Fund for filing the friend-of-the-court brief. We applaud Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Saving Downs, Down Pride and Women Speak for Themselves for having the courage to speak out. Finally, we are grateful for Attorney General Curtis Hill’s leadership to appeal the ruling on this law to a higher court.”

Learn more about the friend-of-the-court brief here:

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.



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