North Carolina Senate considers banning Down syndrome abortions

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Abortion law (Photo: Wolfgang Moroder / CC BY-SA 3.0)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina state senators are expected to approve a measure Tuesday that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions if a woman is seeking it because of race, sex or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is not expected to approve the bill.

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Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion advocates say the proposal ensures equality by protecting fetuses that could have disabilities when they are born.

Abortion rights groups say it would interfere with a woman’s privacy, preventing them from having open conversations with their doctors and violating their constitutional rights.