Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Senate Passes Brownback's Down Syndrome Bill

The Senate approved a measure that requires doctors to give expectant mothers more comprehensive information if they receive a positive test for Down syndrome.

The bill is the product of an unusual partnership between Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, an anti-abortion Republican, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, an abortion-rights advocate from Massachusetts.

About 90% of women who learn they are carrying a fetus with the genetic disorder have an abortion.

Kennedy is a longtime advocate of disabled and children with special needs.

The bill requires doctors to give parents information about caring for children with disabilities and about support services.

Via Kake News.