Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the Senate's Passage of the Brownback-Kennedy Bill to Improve Awareness of Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions
U.S. Senator Barack Obama today released the following statement after the Senate passed the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (S.1810):
"I applaud the Senate's passage of this legislation, which provides pregnant mothers and soon-to-be fathers with critical prenatal information. When a mother learns that she is having a child with a disability, she and her family need to know that they are not alone. This bill will give them access to the best support and information about the child's condition and the quality of life for a child born with that condition.
"This legislation ensures parents receive up-to-date, scientific information about their child's life expectancy, clinical course, and intellectual and functional development, as well as prenatal and postnatal treatment options. It also guarantees that parents receive referrals to supportive services such as hotlines, websites, informational clearinghouses, and parent support networks and programs specific to prenatally or postnatally diagnosed conditions.
"As a father of two young children, I understand the challenges that all parents face, but parents of children with disabilities face even greater challenges. The Senate took an important step in the right direction by passing this bill, and we must continue working to ensure our nation's parents have the support and services they need to raise their children with disabilities."