Yesterday, the Senate passed the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (S. 1810) by unanimous consent. The bill seeks to increase provision of scientifically sound information and support services to patients receiving a positive test results for Down syndrome and/or other diagnosed conditions, whether prenatally or postnatally. The bill would also set up a registry of parents who are willing to adopt babies with disabilities.
The Senate bill enjoyed the joint-backing of Senators Kennedy (D-MA) and Brownback (R-KS), who take stand on opposite sides of the abortion debate. Senator John McCain was also a co-sponsor of the Senate bill, having joined as a co-sponsor shortly after announcing Governor Sarah Palin, whose son has Down syndrome, as his vice presidential running mate.
The Senate bill now heads to the House for consideration. Although Congress was scheduled to recess at the end of the week, many suspect an announcement may soon be made that Congress will remain in session past this weekend.