It is the sixth anniversary of a milestone in Pennsylvania—the enactment of a law which provides education and support for pregnant women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
“Chloe’s Law,” also known as Act 130 of 2014, is landmark legislation which ensures that families receive the education they need to traverse the unchartered territory of life with a child with an extra chromosome.
The bill’s namesake is Chloe Kondrich, a vivacious teenager who has met everyone from the President and Vice-President to sports celebrities and musical artists. Chloe has achieved more in her young life than many people accomplish in their lifetimes—writing a book, speaking at the United Nations, addressing auspicious gatherings such as the National Right to Life Convention.
As former state Senator Randy Vulakovich stated at the bill signing, “I call this bill ‘Chloe’s Law’ after an incredible child with Down syndrome. This Act simply requires doctors to provide complete information to women who receive a prenatal diagnosis for Down syndrome so that they are better informed with regard to the positive outcomes of giving birth to a special child such as Chloe.”
Chloe’s father, Kurt Kondrich, who calls himself a “Dadvocate” for his advocacy efforts on behalf of children with special needs, said, “Chloe’s Law will ensure that families who are expecting a child like my daughter will receive factual, supportive information about the services and resources that are available and they will be able to see that children with Down syndrome are a priceless gift to their families and communities.”
Under the law, the PA Department of Health makes available information regarding Down syndrome that has been vetted by medical experts and organizations that assist families with children with Down syndrome. Relevant information includes facts about intellectual development, treatment possibilities, and developmental and educational outcomes. Contact information for support services is also provided to parents, who may not be knowledgeable about the incredible advancements being made by people with Down syndrome.
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Research indicates the vast majority of preborn children with Down syndrome are aborted. Chloe’s Law provides an antidote to the anti-life mentality that oppresses persons with an extra chromosome.
The law has become a model for the rest of the nation, and demonstrates the profound impact that education and support can have on parents of children with special needs.
LifeNews.com Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.