In an amicus brief filed May 13, 2021 by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA, the organization has called on the United States Supreme Court to uphold an Arkansas anti-eugenics law that protects children from being aborted on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The amicus brief urged the United States Supreme Court to protect the rights of unborn children with Down syndrome.
Commenting on this critical legal case, JLF USA Executive Director Keith Mason said,
“Allowing the killing of an unborn child merely because she or he has Down syndrome is discrimination at its worst. It’s a relic of eugenics, where certain people deemed to be ‘undesirable’ – the poor, including racial minorities, prisoners and those with mental health issues – are prevented from being born or discouraged from procreating through sterilization, abortion, and other practices. The result of such practices is that the unborn with Down syndrome have paid an extraordinarily unjust price, with over 67% of pregnancies in the United States that receive a Down syndrome diagnosis being aborted. We urge the US Supreme Court to allow Arkansas and other states to protect the lives of these innocent human beings.”
The protection of children with Down syndrome is currently being fought for at the state level and in the courts, where pro-life advocates are in a stronger position to affect public policy on behalf of the vulnerable and the unborn. JLF USA is positioned to add a unique perspective to the debate on behalf of children with Down syndrome and their families. Will you help with a financial contribution to further our work in this area?