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A Senate committee has passed legislation that could serve to reduce the killing of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome or other conditions.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, S. 1810, by unanimous consent Feb. 27.
The measure seeks to address the lack of information and support reportedly given to parents whose unborn children are diagnosed with conditions such as Down Syndrome.
It has been estimated about 90 percent of American children diagnosed in the womb with Down Syndrome are aborted. A similar abortion percentage exists for unborn babies diagnosed with spina bifida, cystic fibrosis and dwarfism, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Sam Brownback, R.-Kan.
“The effect of our abortion policy at this moment is that we are in the midst of a genocide of children with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other in utero genetic conditions that medical analysis can detect,” Brownback said in a commentary published in The Wichita Eagle in July, when he introduced the bill. “If we think there’s a chance the child may have a disability, too often he or she is killed in the womb, and the system seems to push it.”