Rick Santorum Opposes Prenatal Testing, Women

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Rick Santorum doesn't think that insurance companies should have to pay for a simple diagnostic test that determines whether a baby will be born sick or severely disabled.

Santorum, who is so anti-abortion that he would make his own daughter carry a rape-baby to term, thinks that amniocentesis is meant to increase abortions, CNN reports.

Amniocentesis, in case you are wondering, is a procedure that draws a small sample of fluid from the womb so that the fetus's cells can be examined for chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down Syndrome.)

The test, however, also detects a wide variety of other potential problems for the fetus, such as too many or too few copies of other chromosomes -- disorders which can cause not only physical and mental problems for a fetus, but also immense suffering and even death if the child were to be carried to term.

For Santorum, though, prenatal care is just an avenue for abortion providers to convince women to terminate their pregnancies in an evil, cost-cutting scheme.

Santorum, in fact, goes so far as to describe amniocentesis as a form of eugenics.

"One of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing in every insurance policy in America," Santorum said of Barack Obama's health care policies. "Why? Because it saves money in health care. Why? Because 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...[It's] another hidden message as to what President Obama thinks of those who are less able."

Wow.

At the end of the day, it would be naive to think that Santorum's latest screed is simply about protecting life.

Rather, the GOP front-runner has made very clear that he doesn't think very highly of women -- and will shamelessly deny their right to health care and jobs by courting values voters.

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Wade Cox
Wade Cox

I can't believe this self-righteous asshole has done so well thus far.  Anybody stupid enough to vote for him and his babbling bullshit needs to be set on fire.

Kris
Kris

"and will shamelessly deny their right to healthcare and jobs by courting valueLESS voters."

Small typographical error in that last sentence, there.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Ya know, I would like Rick Santorum much better if'n he had a big ol' beer belly.

Yeah, that would do it.

fengMeee
fengMeee

lol, that dude really is full of himself isnt he? Amazing.Total-Privacy dot US

JerryTBBY
JerryTBBY

I was talking with my mom Sunday about this years presidential election. She's catholic, republican and hasn't voted for a democratic presidential candidate since 1968.  She won't vote for Santorum.

I can't believe the hole the republicans are digging for themselves this year. 

Mr K
Mr K

Obama and his campaign staff must be jumping for joy that Santorum is doing so well at the moment.  Santorum is so out of touch with most of the voting public; and most women voters in particular, a Obama/Santorum presidential race will make Reagan/Mondale look close by comparison.

Thomas Mc
Thomas Mc

 We're voting for a President, not a Pope. Santorum doesn't seem to understand that this is a secular republic, not a Catholic theocracy.

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