North Carolina GOP advances bill to ban Down syndrome abortions

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers have advanced a bill to make it illegal for physicians to perform abortions because of the fetus’ race or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Bill sponsors say procedures performed based on race or Down syndrome amount to “discriminatory eugenic abortion.”

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Abortion rights group oppose the measure and say it will interfere with a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

Under the bill, a physician would be subject to monetary damages if he or she still knowingly performed the procedure.

A handful of states have passed similar laws regarding Down syndrome diagnoses and have been caught up in legal battles after their passage.