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Rick Santorum: Testing Leads To Abortion

Hannah Madans |
February 19, 2012 | 2:35 p.m. PST

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On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he believes prenatal testing leads to more abortions.

“A lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero, and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions,” Santorum said on the show. “We know that 90 percent of Down syndrome children in America are aborted. So, to suggest, where does that come from?”

Santorum made similar comments Saturday, reports The Daily Beast because President Barack Obama’s health-care reform would cover such operations. Santorum said he wanted to ban some prenatal testing, not all.

“Free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society," Santorum told CBS.

Santorum’s three-year-old daughter has a rare genetic disorder, Trisomy 18. The disease is sometimes found in prenatal testing. Some who learn from prenatal testing that their child has the disease choose to abort, according to the Trisomy 18 Foundation.

 

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