The wonderful Pre-natally and Post-natally Diagnosed Conditions Act, known as the Kennedy-Brownback bill passed out of Senate HELP Committee today!
It will ensure that doctors provide parents with complete information about their unborn or newborn with disabilities, including referrals to advocacy groups. There is $25 million in funding to help provide information about the promising therapies, and fulfilling lives lived by individuals with Down syndrome and other genetic anomalies. So many of my friends expecting a child with Down syndrome were pressured by their doctors to abort, and weren't given any information about Down syndrome.
Senator Sam Brownback said he hopes it will reduce the percentage of abortions in such cases -- with some studies showing as many as 90 percent of parents with an unborn baby diagnosed as having Down syndrome having an abortion.“It is difficult, sometimes overwhelming, for expecting parents to receive news that their unborn child may be born with a disability,” Brownback said.“This legislation will help parents receiving such news by supplying them with current and reliable information about the many options available for caring for children with disabilities," he added.In a rare show of bipartisan support, Brownback is working with pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts on the bill.The bill now moves to full Senate consideration and Brownback said he hopes the body will move on it quickly. “I am hopeful this bill soon moves to consideration by the full Senate. The quicker my colleagues and I move to pass this bill, the more quickly we can help families across the nation," he said.The bill also calls for the creation of a national registry of families willing to adopt children with pre- or post-natally diagnosed conditions.
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When the unlikely pair first introduced the bill in 2005, it was killed in committee, so the fact that it made it out of committee intact is big news. .Senator Brownback's office gave it a 50% chance of approval once it reached the Senate floor.
It's an election year, so, let's get moving on this immediately.
I want you all to contact your senators and write letters to the editor of your local and national papers in support of this important bill S1810.
ACTION: Contact your senator at 202-224-3121 and urge support for the bill, write letters to the editor, or go to http://www.senate.gov/ for more specific contact information.