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Pro-life vs. pro-birth

| Friday, June 5, 2015, 8:57 p.m.

In 2003, my beautiful daughter Chloe was born with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and since her birth I have devoted my efforts to advocating for services like early intervention that focus on abilities and give persons like Chloe a hopeful life. I meet and communicate frequently with bipartisan policymakers to show how critical it is to invest in supports that provide the incalculable return of a fulfilling life.

I have told elected officials that if they cut funding to proven programs that assist individuals with disabilities, elderly people who need help, veterans recovering from wounds and trauma, persons suffering from mental health issues, and any other vulnerable citizens, they are not pro-life but only pro- birth.

I believe human beings are the culture's most precious gift and resource, and thanks to proper funding, individuals like Chloe can now live amazing lives after they are born. A society that refuses to protect and assist its most defenseless people will never prosper and thrive, and all of us are one accident, one illness or one mishap away from needing services that embrace and support life. During this budget season, please urge your elected representatives to be pro-life and not just pro-birth.

Kurt Kondrich

Upper St. Clair

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