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Daines To Introduce Bills

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has announced he will reintroduce two bills to protect babies with Down syndrome from abortion and protect vulnerable mothers and their unborn children from chemical abortions on college campuses. Daines is introducing the bills to help mark the 50th anniversary of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. “Every life is created with God-given dignity and potential - no matter how small or how many chromosomes they may have,” Daines said. “We are making great strides to build a culture of life in America, but there is more work to be done.”

Daines’ “Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act will: * Makes it illegal for a doctor to knowingly perform an abortion being sought because the baby has or may have Down syndrome, or, if the doctor does not know whether Down syndrome is a contributing factor, requires the doctor to first ask the mother if she is aware of any test results indicating that the child has Down syndrome and to inform her of prohibitions put in place by the law.

* Prohibits anyone from forcing a woman to have an abortion because the baby has Down syndrome.

* Imposes a fine and/or imprisonment of up to five years on those who violate the law, and pulls federal funds under existing federal disability anti- discrimination laws from associated abortion clinics.

* Protects the mother by barring her from being prosecuted or held liable for any violation of the bill and puts in place guardrails to protect her privacy in all court proceedings.

In 2021, Daines spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the importance of his legislation.

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