Kochmar seeks to connect expecting parents of children with Down Syndrome to helpful resources
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the House Health Care and Wellness Committee heard a bill that would require more information distribution as it relates to the positive prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way, is the prime sponsor of the bill.
House Bill 2403 requires healthcare providers who provide a parent with a prenatal or postnatal Down Syndrome diagnosis to provide information prepared by the Department of Health about Down Syndrome.
“Unfortunately, there are many negative stereotypes that exist about persons with Down Syndrome. It's important we continue to push for the dissemination of more evidenced-based information to quash the misinformation being spread by some scientists and doctors,” said Kochmar. “A 90 percent abortion rate for babies with Down Syndrome is heartbreaking and unacceptable.”
The information handed out by healthcare providers would include evidence-based information about Down Syndrome and persons born with Down Syndrome, and contact information for organizations who provide support services for parents of children with Down Syndrome.
Diana Stadden, a member of the Arc of Washington State and a parent of three, testified in support of the bill along with other advocates for persons with Down Syndrome.
“…we just need to get evidence-based research [and] information out there before families jump into a decision that they might regret,” said Stadden.
“While this bill may seem simple, I believe providing information to couples is absolutely critical as they enter a new chapter as parents,” said Kochmar.
###Washington State House Republican Communications