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Bill No S06867A

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Bill No S06867A, “requires health care practitioners to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information on Down Syndrome to pregnant women and parents of infants who test positive for Down Syndrome in a written or alternative format at the time of a Down Syndrome screening test has been ordered” (New York State Assembly Bill Search and Legislative Information, n.d).

Bill No S06867A proposes an addition to the Mental Hygiene law to provide mothers and parents of Down syndrome with evidence-based information at the time of a down syndrome screen. The bill implies that mothers and parents are currently not being provided with an accurate amount of evidenced based information when their child is being tested for down syndrome. This information will provide parents on how their child can still live a fulfilling life regardless of their diagnosis. It is important for practitioners to educated parents on all the resources and professionals that can help their child to be successful in life. The major intended outcome of the bill is to educate parents on the potential that their child with down syndrome can have with the anticipated outcome that mothers will not terminate their pregnancy based on the positive down syndrome screen. If this bill does not become a law, parents may be terminating their pregnancy on a positive down syndrome screen based on false information or an ill knowledge of the services and resources out there to support their child with down syndrome.

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