Down Syndrome

Court blocks Indiana abortion, disability law

Monday, August 8, 2016A federal court issued a preliminary injunction June 30, temporarily blocking a new Indiana law that would ban abortions based on “a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down Syndrome or any other disability.” “(Planned Parenthood Indiana and…

(Video) Mom and daughter take on stigma against Down syndrome

Thursday, July 14, 2016Despite significant progress in civil rights for people with disabilities, society can still perpetuate harmful stigmas and stereotypes against people with Down syndrome. This past April, a mother and daughter took on those stigmas in a heartfelt video. Lily is…

Abortion disability discrimination bill signed into law

Thursday, March 31, 2016
News from Indiana
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed a comprehensive anti-abortion bill into law March 24, which, among other things, would prohibit disability discrimination in abortion decisions. “I believe that a society can be judged by how it deals…

Indiana “fetal abnormalities” abortion bill moves toward passage

Monday, March 7, 2016
News from Indiana
By a 37-13 vote, the Indiana Senate passed a bill March 1 that would ban abortions if done on the basis of “a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down Syndrome or any other disability,”…

Bill would provide new protections for children with disabilities in abuse cases

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
News from Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a bill January 19 that directs the state’s child protective services agency to set clear standards for interacting with children with disabilities when they are suspected of being the subject of child…

Northern Irish court expands abortion rights, rejects disability discrimination argument

Monday, December 14, 2015Northern Ireland, home of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, must allow women to terminate their pregnancies when they are carrying a fetus with fatal disabilities, the Belfast High Court ruled November 30. In Northern Ireland, abortion is illegal, punishable…

Court: Guardianship cannot be imposed due to marriage concerns

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Court Protects Due Process Rights
D.D., as he is identified in court papers, is saving up money for an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Janice. A social guy living off Supplemental Security Income benefits and income from his part-time position…

Family of young man with Down syndrome awarded $150K in defamation case

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Defamation Award
In a first-of-its kind ruling, a federal jury has awarded $150,000 in damages to a family whose son with Down syndrome was mocked and defamed online. In 2004, Adam Holland, a then-17-year-old, attended the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center,…

(Video) Battling Oppression: MMA fighter Garrett Holeve’s right to fight

Monday, November 2, 2015
Garrett Holeve, aka G Money
Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is arguably one of the more controversial competitive sports. Banned in New York, the sport is known for its brutal, bloody nature and the fighters that train for months…

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