Down syndrome groups ask Supreme Court to review Indiana’s Nondiscrimination Abortion Law

Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee
By Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee November 15, 2018 19:13
Down syndrome groups ask Supreme Court to review Indiana’s Nondiscrimination Abortion Law

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November 15, 2018.  Washington, D.C.  Today, Bioethics Defense Fund, a public interest legal and educational organization, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Saving Down Syndrome and Down Pride.  The amicus brief was filed in support of Indiana who is seeking review of an appellate court decision striking down its state law that prohibits abortion of children solely on the basis of being identified prenatally to have a disability, or to be of a certain race or sex.

“The statute is properly called the ‘Nondiscrimination Law’ because abortion based solely on an unborn child’s disability or other minority status crosses the line into eugenic discrimination,” said Nikolas T. Nikas, president and general counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund.

Dorinda C. Bordlee, lead counsel on the amicus brief, noted the brief’s argument that “the government interest in prohibiting discrimination based on disabilities or other immutable traits must logically exist from the outset of that human being’s life or not at all.” 

Nikas said the brief includes citations to show that “since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, science’s understanding of embryology has exploded exponentially.  The Court’s analysis of the challenged statute should not be limited by 45-year-old science.” 

The Supreme Court will likely decide whether to grant certiorari to review the Indiana law in the Spring of 2019.

 

 

Contact: 

Dorinda C. Bordlee, Esq.

Bioethics Defense Fund

504-231-7234

Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee
By Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee November 15, 2018 19:13