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. HB 2111/SB 1339, the Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, will ensure that those parents are armed with the information and support they need to understand their child’s diagnosis.
Two Down syndrome prenatal education bills are currently being considered in Pennsylvania. House Bill 2111, sponsored by Representative Jim Marshall (R-Beaver), passed the House of Representatives on May 6, 2014, with a vote of 159-41. Companion legislation, Senate Bill 1339, is sponsored by Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny). Both bills would require doctors to provide information to families who receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome.