Down’s syndrome abortions are “eugenic” | Catholic National Register
WASHINGTON – Abortions with Down’s syndrome are “eugenics,” the Senate pro-life caucus chair told CNA in an interview this week.
“This is eugenics, and we cannot allow this to continue in our country,” Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., Chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, told CNA on Thursday. Daines was referring to abortions performed because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
He berated fellow senators who support the Special Olympics but will not vote to ban such abortions.
“On the one hand, these pro-abortion thinkers and leaders will be applauding Special Olympics. On the other hand, they support selective abortions for babies with Down’s syndrome, ”Daines said. “For me, these are two points of view that are in great conflict with each other.”
The senator spoke with CNA this week about new legislation banning abortions based on Down syndrome. He also touched on a major concern over the next two years – taxpayer funding for abortions – and discussed the March for Life and its founding of the Pro-Life Caucus in 2019.
Daines co-sponsored the Down Syndrome Protection Act, sponsored by Senator James Inhofe R-Okla., Which prohibits a doctor from performing a wanted abortion because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome.
It is not known exactly how many babies are aborted due to these prenatal diagnoses, but an estimated 67% of unborn babies with Down syndrome are aborted in the United States. In some countries like Iceland, the abortion rate for these cases is estimated to be close to 100%.
Daines called the abortion of babies with Down’s syndrome “the deadliest form of discrimination imaginable.”
The debate over the issue has prompted some pro-abortion members to reflect, Daines told CNA. After his speech in the Senate Thursday where he warned that “babies with Down’s syndrome are the most endangered on Earth,” Daines said a Democratic senator subsequently approached him and complimented his speech.
He said, ‘It got me thinking, it got me thinking about where this is going if you selectively abort children based on their chromosomes. Where does it go next? ‘ Daines recounted the conversation.
“And I just listened and nodded and I said ‘you are right, this is a moral issue for our country that bases life on ability and potential, instead of dignity as life. should have – and is that all babies, all humans, are created in the image of God.
Daines spoke with CNA ahead of the 48th Annual Walk for Life, which was held on Friday afternoon.
For the first time in its history, the annual pro-life rally has been closed to the general public due to the pandemic and security measures in Washington, DC
Daines lamented that the modified event “is yet another victim of the COVID pandemic”, but added that it “does not in any way reduce the passion and strong beliefs that we must all fight for those who cannot speak out for themselves. “
The Friday march featured recorded speeches by life advocates, which were broadcast on EWTN and online; the virtual rally was followed by a short procession through the streets of DC by a small group of pro-life leaders, who laid roses outside the United States Supreme Court building.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, told CNA on Friday that the rally reflected the sighting of other holidays during the pandemic – an event that “got back to basics”, which was “dark , praying, reflective, socially aloof. “
Daines founded the Senate Pro-Life Caucus in 2019. While the House has had a pro-life caucus since 1981, co-chaired by Rep. Chris Smith, RN.J., Daines told CNA he was ” surprised “at the lack of a Senate caucus upon his arrival in the House in 2015.
As caucus chair, Daines helped distribute a letter in July 2019 asking President Trump and congressional leaders not to approve spending bills with pro-abortion amendments.
Democrats had targeted government funding bills for passage in an attempt to increase funding for abortion. Earlier in the summer, some House Democrats called for the last-minute repeal of the Hyde Amendment in an appropriation bill, and later in September Democratic Senators attempted to permanently repeal the restrictions. abortion funding in appropriation bills.
The Hyde Amendment bans federal funding for elective abortions and has become law every year since 1976 as an attachment to appropriation bills.
Taxpayer funding for abortions is a major concern of pro-life groups in the new Congress. Democrats could use a COVID relief bill to create new sources of funding for health care, such as funding for health clinics and subsidized health plans, which do not prohibit money intended to fund abortions.
Daines said he would circulate a letter to gather pledges from fellow senators to honor the Hyde Amendment, which Democratic House leaders have vowed to repeal.
He aims to find a “filibuster-proof” group of at least 41 senators who will pledge not to support spending bills repealing the Hyde Amendment. Senate rules normally require 60 votes to end debate on a bill and put it to a vote in the chamber.
“I am not optimistic that we will find Democrats who will join us. That doesn’t mean we won’t give up, but I’m not optimistic, ”Daines said.
However, senators have already used the “reconciliation” process to pass budget-related articles with only a simple majority of votes. Daines admitted he was concerned Democrats would try to use this process, needing only 50 votes plus Vice President Kamala Harris’ decisive vote to pass an appropriation bill without the provisions of the amendment. Hyde.
Also on Thursday, President Joe Biden issued an order authorizing US funding for international pro-abortion groups. Biden’s presidential memorandum overturned Mexico City’s expanded policy, which prohibits US funding of these groups in funding family planning and global health assistance.
“This is the result of the fact that Planned Parenthood spent millions of dollars to elect President Biden, and now they are profiting from it,” Senator Daines said.
When the Trump administration in 2017 reinstated funding bans for pro-abortion groups, the International Planned Parenthood Federation withdrew from U.S. aid rather than complying with bans on performing and promoting abortions.
“President Biden has rewarded the abortion industry, and he’s using taxpayer dollars to create a slush fund to line their pockets,” Daines said.