CBS News reported today
that Rick Santorum criticized President Obama's health policies
requiring medical insurance plans to provide free prenatal screening.
Santorum said, "...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... That, too, is part of Obamacare, another hidden message as to what President Obama thinks of those who are less able than the elites who want to govern our country."
This position is not the least bit new to me. Since I was a kid, I've been aware of the March of Dimes, which works to fight birth defects - and I've heard the mantra that people are likely to abort babies who they know have defects. I also know that Santorum himself has a three-year-old daughter who suffers from Trisomy 18, which is usually fatal in much less than three years.
I don't know whether the Santorums' faith led them to entirely opt out of prenatal screening for Trisomy 18, or just to have their daughter regardless of the results. I do, however, know that Santorum is absolutely "full of it" on this point, because prenatal screening can also save the life of a mother or baby. In fact, if it weren't for prenatal screening, my daughter wouldn't be alive today.