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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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Anonymous (not verified) on February 19, 2012 7:51 PM

My wife and I decided to forgo amniocentesis because we believe in the sanctity of human life against the advice of my wife's father. My wife identifies as Catholic as does her father. I am not religious. So here was a case of one Catholic who believed in aborting an abnormal grandchild, his Catholic daughter not believing in aborting an abnormal child and a non-religious son-in-law staunchly against aborting any child who has a chance of a life that might have some quality to it. Luckily our child did not have any significant abnormalities.
My point is that everyone is different regardless of their religious affiliation or lack of one. I was raised Catholic and one thing that they taught which I still believe in is free will. We were lucky that we could have testing as part of my insurance, but because of our strong convictions, chose not to avail ourselves of it. I believe that everyone should have that choice even though I am personally strongly anti abortion. I also believe that forcing a woman to go on with a pregnancy in the first trimester is also wrong as it takes away her free will. It seems to me that many Christians like Santorum pick and choose the teachings of their religion that they choose to adhere to and try to use their beliefs as justification for striping others of their free will.

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Anonymous (not verified) on February 19, 2012 3:10 PM

How did someone like Rick Santorum get to this position? He's one of those guys that are supposed to get 3-5% of the vote - for the truly wacko Far Right crowd. The fact that he is a front runner is insane and I think partially the fault of Sean Hannity and all the Conservative pundits. As long as they are around and have large TV and radio audiences that believe everything they say, the Republicans may never win another Presidential election.
http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2012/02/13/because-of-sean-hannity-re...

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