Petition to Pass the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act


I sign this petition in support of H.B. 214/S.B. 164, legislation to protect unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome from abortion. Sadly, up to 90 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. It is time that Ohio opposes this kind of discrimination against our most vulnerable.

One of the main reasons why abortion is so disproportionately high in the case of Down syndrome is because of stigma. Women abort after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome because of the perceived parenting burden and perceived quality of life of children with Down syndrome. These are reversible factors that depend on our efforts. But abortion is irreversible.

Please support the passage of this legislation and help Ohio become a more supportive and empathetic state that refuses to discriminate against babies diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Who's signing

John Robinson
Jane Wittler
James Herweh
Alan Smith
Cindy Lauber
Jill Brown
Richard Kroeger
Peggy Foos
Robert Byrns
Jim Morgan
Cindy Voorhees
Dennis Bonnette
Christopher Kraszewski
Sam Nigro
Mary Gantzer
Brian Freeman
Terese Seroka
Ronald McNamara
Dr. Jeff Koloze
Amy Kleimeyer
Ryan Wright
Laura Hoffman
Michael Vallo
Davud Ornberg
Amanda Ream
Michelle Paulus
Karen Miller
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  • John Robinson
    signed via 2017-10-12 13:32:48 -0400
  • Jane Wittler
    signed via 2017-10-12 13:27:18 -0400
  • James Herweh
    signed 2017-10-12 12:50:04 -0400
  • Alan Smith
    signed 2017-10-12 12:39:03 -0400
  • Cindy Lauber
    signed 2017-10-12 12:32:21 -0400
  • Jill Brown
    signed 2017-10-12 12:28:50 -0400
  • Richard Kroeger
    signed 2017-10-12 12:11:36 -0400
  • Peggy Foos
    signed 2017-10-12 12:00:08 -0400
  • Robert Byrns
    signed 2017-10-12 11:53:46 -0400
  • Jim Morgan
    signed 2017-10-12 11:51:26 -0400
    Jim Morgan
  • Cindy Voorhees
    signed 2017-10-12 11:49:57 -0400
  • Dennis Bonnette
    signed via 2017-10-12 11:15:55 -0400
  • Christopher Kraszewski
    signed via 2017-10-12 11:09:30 -0400
    Life is life regardless if the person can walk, talk, or have a normal IQ. We are not permitted to play God in deciding if any unborn life should live or die. There is immense grace obtained when having a down syndrome child. It brings much compassion and humility and great reward in Heaven. Even if the down syndrome child is the only child a couple has, God will provide for the parents during and after the child’s life, if the parents take care of the child.
  • Sam Nigro
    signed via 2017-10-12 11:03:16 -0400
    Sam Nigro: BABYLIVESMATTER!!!!!

    Mom, you have the RIGHT to have your child—Do NOT kill your baby.

    Make your CHOICE about getting pregnant and let the baby choose too.

    Be part of evolution and let your natural selections live.

    You would not want to have been aborted. You do not come along with the next

    pregnancy. You got your right to live and to have a natural death—so should

    every one else.


    By Samuel A. Nigro, MD, copyright c 2005, updated November 2015

    To kill a human DNA microscopic unique creature during a dignifying universal environmental phase of existence which every human creature had to go through, in these days of microsurgery, tool miniaturization, nanotechnology, molecule identification, and chemical manipulation is indefensible rationalizing, is sinful self-injurious failure to accept responsibility for one’s own choices and actions, and is a pagan sinful primitive murder not belonging in the 21st century. “Created equal” (where did that come from), the human DNA creature deserves the same chances you and I had when we were there. The Constitution states it is for “posterity” which must include the unborn. A human creature’s existence should not be the willful choice of another human DNA creature. The “right to life” means the right and obligation for a natural death. To destroy the destiny of another is a psychopathic outrage. And to force physicians to do this is slavery against the 14th and 8th amendments. There is no reason judges, attorneys, editors and politicians could not do the abortions themselves—let them do it (How can they not want to do the abortions themselves—does that tell you something?). Hell, let the baby’s father do it—and save health care dollars—Planned Parenthood can have a walk-in, do-it-yourself low cost program. And to promote embryonic stem cell research is nothing but contemporary cannibalism.

    In addition, PERSONHOOD is not just “self-awareness” but “self-awareness squared” or “conscious of consciousness” or C2 —the ability to know beyond simple awareness and therefore one knows that one knows. This is a unique quality of humans which separates them from subhuman animals. This “aware of being aware” is innately pro-self and pro-species, in both biochemical and psychological senses. FROM THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION, the biochemical developmental forces are undeniably self-aware/self-developing for oneself and for the species! (and this is intrinsic to the human DNA creature). These developmental forces, biological and psychological, for awareness of being aware (C2) are what constitute personhood when transcendentally intact i.e., the forces are confluent with matter, identity, truth, oneness, good and beauty—what one is “through (per) the sound (sonare).” Such personhood is present from the moment of conception because normal developing biochemistry makes it so just as the biochemistry makes it so when we are asleep, comatose, intoxicated or anesthetized.

    Any one who has stopped being pro-self/pro-species has depersonalized himself and has likely lost C2—and the most common occurrence of that are abortionists and all who believe in abortion, and thereby have become without personhood themselves. Thus those for abortion should be asked if they would object to being aborted themselves when the time was right for it.

    Finally, EVOLUTION (if you believe in it), is totally rejected by abortion (and contraception for that matter). If LIFE is the result of the random reproductive process and the natural selection of new adaptations, to kill the unborn and use contraception are insane anti-evolutionary acts totally incompatible with species advancement consistent with life development up to now. Against evolution, both contraception and abortion are public health hazards.
  • Mary Gantzer
    signed 2017-10-12 10:55:03 -0400
  • Brian Freeman
    signed 2017-10-12 10:48:17 -0400
  • Terese Seroka
    signed 2017-10-12 10:47:37 -0400
  • Ronald McNamara
    signed 2017-10-12 10:47:13 -0400
    Ronald McNamara
  • Dr. Jeff Koloze
    signed 2017-10-12 10:40:24 -0400
    Why would anybody not support this civil rights measure?
  • Dr. Jeff Koloze
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    @DrJeffKoloze tweeted link to this page. 2017-10-12 10:40:03 -0400
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  • Amy Kleimeyer
    signed 2017-10-03 09:42:21 -0400
  • Ryan Wright
    signed 2017-10-03 08:50:00 -0400
  • Laura Hoffman
    signed 2017-10-03 00:04:25 -0400
  • Michael Vallo
    signed 2017-09-29 16:40:34 -0400
  • Davud Ornberg
    signed 2017-09-29 16:24:20 -0400
  • Amanda Ream
    signed 2017-09-28 22:59:33 -0400
  • Michelle Paulus
    signed 2017-09-28 20:41:53 -0400
  • Karen Miller
    signed 2017-09-28 20:13:36 -0400
  • Tabitha Dean
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