Down Syndrome Indiana believes it is consistent with our mission to assist the medical community in providing current and accurate information about Down syndrome to expectant parents that receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome and/or parents that have a child born with Down syndrome and receive a postnatal diagnosis. This issue should not be viewed as a pro-life or pro-choice issue. It is a pro-information movement whose time has come:
- Currently more babies with Down syndrome are aborted than are actually born;
- The Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Practice Bulletin No. 88 both call for the provision of up to date and current information about Down syndrome and referral to a support group when the diagnosis of Down syndrome is made;
- Studies have shown that some parents choose to continue a pregnancy over termination because of positive images and stories about people with Down syndrome;
- Studies have shown that some parents choose to continue a pregnancy over termination because of conversations with parents of a child with Down syndrome.
As a local support group whose mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, Down Syndrome Indiana’s Outreach Program (http://www.dsindiana.org/Outreach.php) strives to build relationships with the medical community through positive interactions and encourages medical personnel to distribute up to date and accurate information about Down syndrome to the families they serve.