Gov. Bob McDonnell in the General Assembly Building in Richmond June 28 (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown

  In Virginia, almost four in 1,000 newborns are diagnosed each year with one of the defects causing the condition.  

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) initiated the bill that led to the workgroup.

“It’s a rare occasion where a legislator can be part of a policy that can do so much to save lives,’’ he said.