Facing the prospect of raising a child with Down syndrome may seem overwhelming for many parents.
The unanswered questions and worries may overshadow the realization of the child’s dignity and humanity.
The Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, also called “Chloe’s Law,” ensures that those parents are armed with the information and support they need to understand their child’s diagnosis.
As this article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette explains, ” The legislation, which passed with a rare bipartisan vote, 50-0 in the Senate and 196-4 in the House, requires health care providers to make a woman who receives the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome — a common genetic disorder that comes with mild to moderate developmental delays — aware that they can receive a full range of factual and supportive information through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Information includes physical, developmental, educational and psychosocial outcomes as well as contacts for relevant resource centers, clearinghouses, support services and First Call programs.”
Governor Tom Corbett signed this legislation into law on Friday, July 18.