Prenatal Nondiscrimination Acts: Why They Are Essential

Eugenics and abortion have a long shared history in the United States. Unfortunately, this connection is not a mere footnote of a bygone century. With modern scientific developments that can detect genetic characteristics and diagnose many disabilities in the womb, the potential for discriminatory abortions has only increased. To prevent such injustices from happening, many state legislatures have passed prenatal nondiscrimination acts (PRENDA). Such legislation has also been introduced at the federal level but has yet to pass. PRENDA laws are essential for ensuring unborn children are not aborted on account of an inherent characteristic or disability. They are a commonsense means of promoting a culture in which all human life is valued.

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