Santorum Santorum Says of the Day: On today’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked presidential candidate Rick Santorum to clarify his controversial statement from yesterday, that “free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions.”
But rather than double back, Santorum instead chose to double down, saying that certain types of prenatal testing that are used to detect fetal abnormalities should not be offered for free as they “encourage abortions.”
“We’re talking about specifically prenatal testing and specifically amniocentesis,” Santorum said, “which is a… procedure that creates a risk of miscarriage when you have it and is done for the purposes of identifying maladies of a child in the womb, which in many cases, in fact, most cases, physicians recommend, particularly if there’s a problem, recommend abortion.”
A study conducted in 2006 by researchers at Mouth Sinai found that the risk of miscarriage from amniocentesis — a procedure necessary for the detection of chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down syndrome) and fetal infections — is 0.06%. In fact, there was no difference in “loss rate” between patients who had undergone amniocentesis, and those who had not
Santorum, whose daughter was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Edwards syndrome, took issue with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which guarantees free-of-charge access to prenatal testing.
I find this horrifying. Santorum’s argument is that amniocentesis shouldn’t be free because most doctors will recommend abortion if a severe birth defect is detected. So, we shouldn’t allow people to have this test done because doctors might use their medical knowledge and expert advice to advise something he doesn’t agree with.
Does anyone else see the problem here?
Rick Santorum is not a doctor and he is attempting to insert himself into the patient-doctor relationship simply because a patient MIGHT choose an abortion after finding out their fetus won’t live past the age of 2.
And it DEFINITELY makes sense to not offer this option free of charge to people who are expecting since not offering it free of charge affects poor people much more directly. Because poor people are in a position to care for a fetus that might require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care once it’s born.
This guy needs to sit down, shut up, and stop trying to make everyone agree with his religious dogma.
People in congress are voting against contraception which is not representative of what their constituents want. Hell, even one of the reddest states voted to keep contraceptives. It isn’t any more clearer that the old, rich, white men in the GOP that are voting against contraceptives are doing so for their own interests and not those of the people who voted for them.
This is bullshit.
Wow, Rick Santorum really does hate poor people (shocker, right?). Many disabilities require extra time and money, something that people who can’t pay for prenatal testing probably don’t have. People with scarce or no resources to care for a child with disabilities need access to prenatal testing. They need to know so they can decide what to do next, and how to adequately prepare for their child, should they choose to continue the pregnancy.
If Rick Santorum truly cared about The Babies, he would encourage parents to be as informed as possible, so they could make the best decisions for themselves and their children. Seriously, we really are just mindless baby machines to these guys.
My mother had amniocentesis when she was pregnant with me because it was so late in her life and there were higher risks for me having problems.
She was perfectly healthy after the procedure, and so was I.
Also, I support a person’s right to abort for whatever reason they may have. If they discover something wrong with their offspring in utero, and they choose to abort, that is their choice.
Had my mother discovered there was something wrong with me, it would have been her choice to keep or abort me. My mother is very pro-choice, and I know she would have aborted me had there be something wrong. This thought does not bother me, nor make me love her less. I am 99% sure that I would make the same choice.
America, you scare the shit out of me.
This is ridiculous. I mean really. I’m so fucking sick of seeing these politicians who know nothing about medicine, or childbirth, or genetic abnormalities who are against it. If it’s your belief system that’s great. It’s good to have your own set of morals to stick by, but don’t shove them down our throats. To try to make them laws that everybody needs to stand by, now that’s bullshit.
I personally am not a huge fan of amniocentesis, just being that as a student nurse and having learned genetics I feel there are safer tests. Yes I understand one the test is over there’s no harm, but when somebody sticks a needle into your stomach there’s always a chance for accidents, be it human error or an equipment malfunction. But I feel it should be your choice.
I support abortion, if somebody is going to have a child that is going to have a genetic abnormality that causes them to live a short painful life, what kind of life is that? I don’t think it’s fair to the child to make them suffer if there’s nothing you can do to help them. In general I am prochoice. A woman can decide what she needs to do.
People need to make their voices heard against guys like this. People think that their way is the only way and everything else is wrong. I’m honest to god scared to death of what the world is coming to, and that’s part of the reason I don’t want to have kids. This country is going backwards. All the freedom it seems people have gotten is being taken away, slowly one step at a time. I’m not somebody who’s saying in ten years women won’t be able to vote, but I’m saying that we won’t be able to control the things that happen to our own bodies. If guys like this continue to be active politically and gain support who knows what laws will pass in a few years time.