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Chloe Kondrich is the hope of a generation that believes the possibilities for persons with Down syndrome are limitless.

by | Oct 26, 2020

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

A groundbreaking photo now hangs in the West Wing of the White House. It depicts a girl with Down syndrome hugging the Vice President. It is believed to be the first photo of a person with an extra chromosome ever to grace the corridor of power at the People’s House.

The note is addressed to Kurt Kondrich, Chloe’s father.

The girl featured in the photo is 17-year-old Chloe Kondrich of Pennsylvania. Ever since she was born, Chloe has been blazing a trail for disability rights. She is the inspiration behind Chloe’s Law, a statute which ensures that parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome receive resources and support.

Chloe had the opportunity recently to introduce Vice President Mike Pence at a public event in western Pennsylvania. But it was not her first time hobnobbing with important government leaders. Chloe also appeared with pro-life President Donald J. Trump at a Rose Garden event honoring the sacredness of innocent human life.

Chloe is a trailblazer for inclusion. She has met her share of luminaries from the sports arena and from the musical world. She has also spoken at the United Nations and had her photo displayed numerous times on the big screen in Times Square.

She has also lobbied for PA House Bill 321—a landmark measure that would have banned the abortion of a preborn baby for the sole reason of a Down Syndrome diagnosis. The bill had broad bipartisan support in the state legislature, triumphing in both the PA House of Representatives and the state Senate. But, sadly, pro-abortion Governor Tom Wolf, a former clinic escort for Planned Parenthood, vetoed the bill.

Still, Chloe Kondrich remains undaunted. She continues to work toward the day when every child with Down syndrome will be welcomed into life and protected under the law. She is an inspiration to many who long for greater acceptance of people with disabilities. And she is the hope of a generation that believes that the possibilities for persons with Down syndrome are limitless.   

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