What if I told you that discrimination based on sex, disability, and race was legal?
It’s true—at least for unborn children. In most states in the U.S., an unborn child can be aborted because of his or her sex, race, or disability. And the abortion industry is fighting to keep it that way.
Indiana is one state attempting to put a stop to this inhumane discrimination. In 2016, it passed the Sex Selective and Disability Abortion Ban. True to its name, the law banned abortions based solely on a child’s disability, race, or sex. But a federal district court stopped the law from going into effect after Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed suit.
In a society that prides itself on outlawing invidious discrimination, you’d think this Indiana law would be a no-brainer. But apparently the abortion industry didn’t get the memo.
Abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood claim that Roe v. Wade protects these discriminatory abortions, but the Supreme Court has never recognized a right to abort an unborn child because of his or her sex, genetic abnormality, or disability.
In fact, if Big Abortion is so gung-ho on convincing pregnant women that they are carrying nothing more than a glob of cells in their wombs, this certainly isn’t the way to do it. After all, how could a bunch of random cells have a sex, race, or disability?
But with what we know about Planned Parenthood, their actions shouldn’t surprise us. The abortion giant was founded by Margaret Sanger, an outspoken eugenicist. Sanger saw birth control as a key component of creating a “cleaner race,” and advocated its use among those demographics she considered the “human weeds”: the poor, the handicapped or disabled, and the non-white.
And while Planned Parenthood claims to be a defender of women, time and again, their actions say otherwise. The abortion chain has shown a years-long pattern of ignoring child sexual abuse and enabling predators despite being required by law to report suspected neglect or abuse of children. They have fought against laws that would provide better care for women and higher safety standards in abortion clinics. Now they are advocating for the right to kill female children in the womb simply because they are female. Where does it end?
By filing suit against Indiana’s law, Planned Parenthood is also sending a very loud and clear message to people who have been born with a disability or genetic abnormality like Down syndrome: Your life isn’t worth it.
Advances in prenatal screening for fetal disabilities has led to alarming increases in abortion rates around the world. Left unchecked, and at the mercy of the abortion industry, we risk eliminating entire communities of people with disabilities. Iceland, for example, has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its newborn population; these children are quickly aborted and never given a chance at life outside of the womb.
The saddest part is that individuals with Down syndrome have testified to their own happiness. Watch the video below for one particularly moving example. To deny these individuals life, as Big Abortion is trying to do, is a disgrace to humanity, and we will all be worse off for it.
Indiana has passed a good law designed to protect life—that’s why Alliance Defending Freedom, along with the Bioethics Defense Fund, filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal appeals court on behalf of three Down syndrome organizations and a grassroots women’s advocacy group that support the law.
While abortion for any reason is destruction of innocent life and should be stopped, in a post-Roe world, we must do what we can, when we can, to protect these innocent children. Planned Parenthood’s twisted logic about Indiana’s law tells you what America’s largest abortion supplier really cares about—and it’s definitely not women and children.