Monday, March 31, 2008

How Dr. Brian Skotko is making a difference in the lives of those with Down syndrome

In 2005, Dr. Brian Skotko , whom I interviewed this morning for my upcoming article in the National Catholic Register, did research on how women are informed that their child has Down syndrome, both prenatally and after the child's birth.
He has a sister, Kristen, now 25 with Down sydnrome, and this influenced his decision to focus this topic. His entire family pitched in to help write the questionaire and send them out. He soon found himself in Washington DC testifying on his research before the Senate where Senators Brownback and Kennedy were introducing the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, or S 803, which was inspired by his research, which I posted on here.
Read the entire fascinating story here.
And please sign the National Down Syndrome Society petition to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to help improve the training of doctors when they advise women during this most vulnerable time, we need to lower the tragic abortion rate of children with Down syndrome from 90%.
We need the world to know the amazing potential these people have to enrich our world.
HT Pittsburgh Gazette

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