Prenatal Laws: Down Syndrome Information Acts

July 15, 2021

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A state-by-state guide to Down Syndrome Information Acts. On October 8, 2008, the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act" was signed into law "to increase the provision of scientifically sound information and support services to patients receiving a positive diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions." Unfortunately, the federal law was never funded; therefore, several states have proposed and/or passed similar legislation. The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities (CDHPD) designed this fact sheet as a resource for people to quickly find the Down syndrome information dissemination requirements in their state's statutes and, where statutes do not exist, their state's legislative history.