Our Story: Support when you need it

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Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Bill: Avoiding the Issue

While critical of a bill filed in the Ohio legislature, Ohio does have a great state flag

For the second time, an Ohio state representative has introduced a bill to ban abortion when the stated reason is a prenatal test result for Down syndrome. The debate about the bill, and the measure itself, avoid the issue about Down syndrome selective abortion. 

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Eclipsing Down syndrome

NASA 2017 Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the first full solar eclipse spanned the continental United States. Our family was there to see it and the experience prompted this reflection on what the world is doing to those with Down syndrome. 

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Persistent challenges: bigotry and ethical prenatal testing


A visit to National Park sites, a presentation to medical professionals in Kansas City, a violent protest in Charlottesville, and a news report out of Iceland all came together in less than a week as a reminder of the persistent challenge of our bigotry against our fellow human beings. 

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Iowa Supreme Court recognizes wrongful birth claim

From a 2013 Illinois Bar Journal article on the Illinois Supreme Court allowing emotional distress damages in wrongful birth claims

On June 2, 2017, the Iowa Supreme Court recognized for the first time the claim of “wrongful birth”. The Court also recognized that the state legislature may enact legislation barring such claims. 

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Research & Potential Treatments for Down Syndrome: What Do You Think?


At the beginning of June, I attended a conference of researchers seeking treatments for conditions associated with Down syndrome. This month, a survey is seeking your input on what you think about treatments for Down syndrome. 

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Baby Doe Redux, but even worse

Charlie Gard

In March, parents trusted their doctors with the care for their son with a very rare condition. The doctors have now convinced courts to rule that death is more beneficial for the child than continued treatment. And, the parents can’t do anything about it. 

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Adoption: Absolutely Beautiful

National Down Syndrome Adoption Network logo

Here is a nine-minute video that introduces the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network and its director, Stephanie Thompson. 

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Our Story: D.C. & Agitate. Agitate. Agitate. (3 of 3)


This is the third and final installment on our Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. It concludes with an admonition on what those who would advocate for oppressed groups should do. 

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