She would have had an abortion, but now she is grateful for her baby with Down syndrome

By Sarah Terzo Sherrill Rechner found out her son had Down syndrome after he was born, and was angry she hadn’t had a chance to abort him: “The geneticist calls. No, I don’t want to speak to her. I am furious with her, with all the doctors who caused this mess. They signed a paper …

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Chloe Kondrich: the global impact of one young girl with Down Syndrome

Editor’s note. Kurt and Chloe Kondrich, a teenager with Down syndrome, tell “an incredible story of life, death, disability, and the power of an innocent child to bring people unity, hope and peace,” to quote Maria Gallagher. This wonderful Father/Daughter team will be featured at NRLC 2019’s closing banquet, Saturday night, July 6. NRL News …

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These parents are suing because their daughter with Down syndrome was ‘wrongfully born’

By Jonathon van Maren June 12, 2019 – Last month, an Australian couple was granted an extension by the Supreme Court in Brisbane to sue the medical staff of a Gold Coast ultrasound clinic. The pending lawsuit is expected to be an enormous one, with extensive damages being sought as well as a personal injury …

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A wonderful “ lobbyist” for Pennsylvania’s Down Syndrome Protection Act

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Pennsylvania student Mary Lapkowicz made national news when she accepted a prom-proposal from her friend, popular high school quarterback Ben Moser. The reason? Mary has an extra chromosome, and so inclusion has always been a big issue for her. But it wasn’t for Ben, who had always …

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Pa. House overwhelmingly passes Down Syndrome Protection Act

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Beneath a quote which reads, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday testified to the truth that people with disabilities should be protected. By an overwhelming vote of 117-76, the PA House chose to …

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Pregnant mother given little support by doctors when she decided not to abort her daughter with Down syndrome

By Sarah Terzo Dee Bird was told her baby had Down syndrome and that she only had a 1% chance of surviving until birth. Abortion was suggested, but Bird decided to have her daughter Amellia. She says: “As long as Amellia is healthy and strong, she was showing me that she was putting up a …

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Planned Parenthood lobbying hard against House Bill 321, the Down Syndrome Protection Act

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Planned Parenthood has come down squarely on the side against disability rights in Pennsylvania. The abortion giant has been lobbying hard against House Bill 321, the Down Syndrome Protection Act. This common sense bill would ban abortion in cases of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. …

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Down Syndrome Protection Act could reach Pennsylvania House for final passage by next week

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Despite repeated pro-abortion Democrat stall tactics, Pennsylvania’s Down Syndrome Protection Act advanced in the House of Representatives today. This sets the stage for a showdown vote on final passage as early as next week. House Bill 321 is an important piece of disability rights legislation which …

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Down Syndrome Protection Act moving forward in Pa. Legislature

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The young woman sat in the front row of the hearing, her eyes transfixed on the state legislators who would determine the fate of people like her—children who had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. In the end, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee delivered an early Mother’s …

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson calls his friend with Down syndrome “The Rock’s Rock”

By Texas Right to Life Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world. Johnson is best known for his gargantuan muscles and seemingly superhuman strength. Now, Johnson is sharing part of the story of how he became the strong person he is today and the credit he owes …

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Parents report how they were pressured to abort their child with Down syndrome

By Sarah Terzo In an Australian documentary, couples were interviewed about how medical providers pressured them when their babies were diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome. Kathleen Simpkins has a daughter with Down syndrome. She says that when the tests came back positive for Down syndrome, the doctor tried frantically to get a hold …

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Down Syndrome Protection Act Re-Introduced in Pennsylvania

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The Down Syndrome Protection Act has been reintroduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and referred to the House Health Committee. The latest Down syndrome bill is sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R–Allegheny County) and state Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York County). The bill has also …

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