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H.J.Res. 470 (102nd): To designate the month of September 1992 as “National Spina Bifida Awareness Month”.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 30, 1992 (Passed Congress).


One Hundred Second Congress of the United States of America


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Friday, the third day of January,

one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two

Joint Resolution

To designate the month of September 1992 as ‘National Spina Bifida Awareness


Whereas spina bifida is the most frequently occurring and permanently disabling birth defect of newborns, occurring in one of every one thousand live births in the United States;

Whereas between 1980 and 1989, 18,000 children were born with spina bifida in the United States and of that number 13,500 have survived;

Whereas spina bifida occurs more often than Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and polio combined;

Whereas spina bifida is a birth defect in the spinal column resulting when the spinal cord fails to close completely during prenatal development;

Whereas spina bifida may result in varying degrees of paralysis, loss of sensation in the lower limbs, and bladder and bowel complications, and often is accompanied by hydrocephalus;

Whereas the cause of spina bifida is not known but the cause appears to be the result of multiple environmental and genetic factors;

Whereas although most of the March of Dimes and Easter Seal poster children have spina bifida, many people across this Nation have not heard of the defect and its debilitating consequences for children;

Whereas only a few cities in the United States have proper care centers and specialized professionals that can provide the most effective, aggressive treatment for children and adults with spina bifida; and

Whereas an increase in the national awareness of the problem of spina bifida may stimulate the interest and concern of the American people, which may lead, in turn, to increased research into the needs of individuals with spina bifida and the prevention of spina bifida: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the month of September 1992 is designated ‘National Spina Bifida Awareness Month’, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe that month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.