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Gerber Baby Inspires Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

Gerber, the iconic baby food company, made history recently when the corporation chose a Down Syndrome baby as its new face as the ‘Gerber baby’.

The move has naturally engendered a renewed compassion for the plight of DS babies and a reconsideration of whether the genetic condition can finally be prevented.

But an unintended result has begun to have political implications: states are pushing a total ban on abortion for DS babies.

States like Utah, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and others are pressing the edge with new legislation.

And it could finally end abortion for Down Syndrome.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Gerber Baby company chose a Down syndrome child for the new face of its 2018 campaign in early February, inspiring a number of states to create, push or pass legislation protecting unborn babies who will be born with Down syndrome.

“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” Gerber president Bill Partyka said, announcing Lucas Warren as the 2018 Gerber baby, according to TODAY. “We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited,” father Jason Warren told the Today Show.

Since Lucas took center stage, Down syndrome abortion bans have been introduced in Oklahoma, Missouri, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Utah.

Utah is considering HB205 — the Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act. The bill is intended to send a message of non-discrimination according to the measure’s sponsor, Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, who claims it will prevent eugenic-like tendencies, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

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