Columbus, Ohio, Mar 16, 2018 / 16:09 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A federal judge has blocked a law from taking effect next week which bans abortions after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
After the law was blocked by Judge Timothy Black March 14, the Catholic Conference of Ohio expressed disappointment in decision but also hope that it may be overturned after an appeal by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
“We are disappointed, we do think that it was an appropriate first step to point out, specifically, that so many Down syndrome children are aborted,” said Jim Tobin, Associate Director of the Department of Social Justice at the Catholic Conference of Ohio.
“We are still hopeful that there are other appeals that are available here and that we may be able to yet overturn this decision,” he told CNA.
The law, which was due to go into effect March 23, bans abortions solely due to a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. It imposes criminal penalties on medical professionals, but women procuring abortions are not penalized.