Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Injunction on Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act

Court ruling allows law banning discriminatory abortions to go into effect 

DATE: Tuesday, April 13, 2021      PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Today,  in a 9-7 decision the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against an injunction previously placed against Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act. This law which was championed by Ohio Right to Life prohibits abortions for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act was signed into law by former Ohio Governor John Kasich in 2017. 

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life:

“Ohio Right to Life is elated that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with life and ruled against the fatal discrimination of babies with Down syndrome,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “The eugenic practice of singling out human lives for death because of a Down syndrome diagnosis has no place in our society. This court ruling brings us one step closer to ensuring that vulnerable babies with special needs are not marked for death because of who they are. Every life is worth living and every precious and unique human being is worthy of complete protection under law.” 

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.



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