If the bill becomes law, a doctor who performs abortions based on sex selection or a genetic defect would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
William Schuh of Mandan told lawmakers that he has a 26-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. She has two jobs "and has always been a source of love and happiness for all who have known her," he said.
She "has aspirations just like anyone else," Schuh said.
Schuh urged the committee to ban abortions based on gender or genetic abnormalities. He said such abortions are often done "simply for the purpose of selecting what they or someone else thinks to be a better product.
"People who are allowed an easy out usually take it," he said.
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