Pro-Life Utah group member Kristy Nielsen likened people with Down syndrome to endangered animals, claiming it’s ironic Utah protects animals and plants but won’t do the same when “a targeted people group is in danger of extinction.”
Hearing attendees also explained why they could not support the bill.
“I cannot do this again,” Dawn Nunn, the mother of an adult son with a disability, tearfully told the Utah lawmakers. Explaining her opposition for the bill, she added: “I did it. I’ll be doing it for the rest of my life, but I can’t do it again.”
France had a 77 percent termination rate as of 2015 and Denmark had a 98 percent termination rate for unborn Down syndrome babies. In the United Kingdom, 90 percent of pregnant women with a positive Down syndrome test receive an abortion, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. (RELATED: CBS Says Down Syndrome Is Disappearing In Iceland, But Here’s What’s Really Happening)