MISSOURI   As we start a new year, and bygones become bygones, one old argument will continue to be hashed out.  That’s Roe Vs. Wade, and the ability to abort Down syndrome fetuses. Nearly 70 percent of Down syndrome fetuses in the United States are aborted every year. This percentage is even  greater in some other countries.

Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Utah have banned abortions based on the fetus having Down syndrome. Down syndrome can be detected around 10 to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Steve Logue lives in Missouri and wrote a book called the Joy of Down Syndrome.  In the book, Logue talked about the profound joy his son has brought to their family. He said Down children live their life to the fullest, are full of goodness, and are genuinely happy.

Each year, around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the U.S.  That’s about 1 in every 700 babies born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome, according to published reports. The parents of these children, unequivocally, talk about the love and joy it is to have these children in their lives.

Rep. Ron Estes, a Republican from Kansas, co-sponsored The Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act  that would nationally ban abortions performed because the fetuses are diagnosed with Down syndrome.

“I am happy to champion this bill to protect the unborn and the most vulnerable in our society,” Rep. Estes said in a press release. “Individuals with Down syndrome enrich countless lives and communities and deserve the same protections and opportunities under federal law, beginning with the fundamental right to life.”