Is It ‘Eugenics’ to Abort Unborn Babies with Down Syndrome?

A pregnant woman receives an ultrasound. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Abortion supporters deny that selective abortions are eugenic or discriminatory against the disabled.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E arlier this week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in PreTerm-Cleveland v. McCloud upheld an Ohio law forbidding doctors from knowingly performing an abortion on an unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Because several of the concurrences referenced a 2019 concurrence by Justice Clarence Thomas in Box v. Planned Parenthood — in which he illustrated the link between the logic of selective abortion and the history of eugenics — the Sixth Circuit decision has occasioned commentary from abortion proponents who argue that abortions chosen because of a Down-syndrome diagnosis are not eugenic in nature.

Writing in Slate, Mark Joseph Stern alleges that the

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