Are Disabled Children Dispensable?

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is adamant in his support for abortion on demand.  Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) is as adamant in his support for the illegalization of abortion.  However, as odd as it may seem, they have joined forces in a bill (S1810), the “Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Condition Awareness Act.”  Their bill would require parents faced with pre- and post-natal diagnoses of disability to receive “timely, scientific, and nondirective counseling about the conditions”  as well as “up-to-date, comprehensive information about life expectancy, development potential, and quality of life”  for a child born with Down syndrome or any other genetic disability, as well as “referrals to providers of key support services.”

Their hope is that when parents receive a more complete picture, more of them will welcome their disabled babies into the world, instead of choosing termination.  Nice bedfellows.