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Posted in Media, Politics by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on February 24, 2009

The Washington Post has published an interesting story about the implications of new non-invasive testing techniques.

However, the story is pretty much a re-hash of the issues discussed in this article in the same paper in October 2006, which I covered here.

A clue as to why the story has been rehashed comes from the fact that funding for the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, which was approved in September.

“The new tests for Down syndrome come as advocates pressure Congress to fund a law passed last year aimed at ensuring that couples get accurate information about genetic conditions and at providing support for women who decide to keep their affected children or put them up for adoption.

“These tests make this all the more important,” said Madeleine Will of the National Down Syndrome Society, which is seeking $25 million over five years to implement the legislation. Society members are gathering in Washington this week to lobby on this and related issues. “

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