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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

You Can Do Some Thing

"Somewhere past the physical (the tangible) a high and lofty romance exists: a radiating, all encompassing force that easily blankets the most decrepit. It transforms the complacency of that which has lived into that which is alive. There, appreciation spills, without demand, for absolute beauty. For the simple things."

"He has made everything beautiful in His time..." Ecc. 3:11

I wrote a post some time ago about "this thing". This thing that makes me feel unlike any other. I promised more and someday I will bring it, when the time is right. Also, I never took the time to thank all of my readers for your respectful comments and dialog, so thank you.

Today I write because there is something brewing that desperately needs your attention and if your heart is in line with mine your signature may help to make a world of difference.

The Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Act has been bouncing around since 2005 or so and has finally been backed by a Senate Committee and introduced. Studies are now showing that babies being diagnosed in utero with Down's, Cerebral Palsy, Dwarfism and many other conditions are being aborted
90% of the time!

"The bipartisan bill would provide $5 million β€œto increase the provision of scientifically sound information and support services to patients receiving a positive test diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally and postnally diagnosed conditions.”

The bill would also β€œ(1) increase patient referrals to providers of key support services for women who have received a positive test diagnosis for Down syndrome, or other prenatally or postnatally diagnosed conditions, as well as to provide up-to-date,comprehensive information about life expectancy, development potential, and quality of life for a child born with Down syndrome or other prenatally diagnosed condition; (2) strengthen existing networks of support through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention patient and provider outreach program; (3) improve available data by incorporating information directly revealed by prenatal or postnatal testing into existing State-based surveillance programs for birth defects and prenatally or postnally diagnosed conditions; and (4) ensure that patients receive up-to-date, scientific information about the accuracy of the test.”"*

There is currently ZERO training within ACOG in regards to follow-up counseling if a prenatal test comes back positive for Down's, meaning that in many cases the ONLY recommendation or option given by a woman's medical professional is to abort the baby. Which, regardless of where you stand, I think we can all agree is wrong. Parents of People with Down's Syndrome have created a petition to urge change and education in this realm. Their goal is 5,000 signatures and they currently have 1,750, so please head on over and sign away.

* excerpt from Townhall.com

Related Links:
National Association for Down's Syndrome
World Down's Syndrome Day
Gigi's Playhouse

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  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    3:00 PM  

    Oh, tears. I of course just signed the petition. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

    Steph top

  • Blogger To Think is to Create says so:
    5:08 PM  

    I signed too. So sad. :( The ACOG makes me ill, on many levels. top

  • Blogger Miche says so:
    10:54 PM  

    Oh my, that makes me so sad. God gives us what we can handle-it is so sad that so many don't rise to his challenge. And sadly, my first little guy, "Little Dude" was diagnosed as having a high probability of Down's, which my first cousin has. As you can see from photos, Little Dude is fine, so sadly, doctors don't always know everything, though they do their best. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    10:56 PM  

    This is the second petition that I've signed. There's a blogger who's started one too. It's nice that there are people out there speaking up for those who can't. :( top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    9:29 PM  

    Gah, totally signed.

    The support my friend received from her OB when she learned her daughter would have CP "you should abort." My friend found a new OB. top