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BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


Will you meet my blind, paralyzed one-year-old son?

That’s a mother’s question to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who argues against certain types of prenatal testing, and says testing encourages abortions. But Emily Rapp has a one-year-son who suffers from the genetic disease Tay-Sachs. For Slate, she writes...

”Nearly two years old, he is already blind, paralyzed, and increasingly nonresponsive. I expect his death to happen this year. … If I had known Ronan had Tay-Sachs I would have found out what the disease meant for my then unborn child – and then I would have had an abortion.”

Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama’s health care law for requiring insurance companies to cover certain prenatal tests. He says some procedures like amniocentesis, which is a pre-birth screening for developmental abnormalities such as Down Syndrome, are used to encourage abortions. Last week he told CBS:

”Amnioscentisis are basically used to identify children who are disabled and in most cases end up resulting in abortions. That’s just the bottom line.”

Although Santorum wants to limit that type of testing, Dr. Tanya Sorensen tells KING these tests are absolutely necessary to prepare for birth and the life that awaits them with a disabled child.

”We can present them with consultations with paediatric specialists who will help them know how to take care of their child and what they might be looking at. It helps them prepare emotionally. There are a lot of reasons to know the information.”

As of Monday afternoon, Emily Rapp’s letter to Rick Santorum has been shared more than a thousand times on Facebook. It’s added fuel to the fire in the debate over prenatal testing. Santorum’s views meet at least some support though, from Dr. Gene Rudd, also a senior VP of Christian Medical & Dental Associations. He tells The Christian Post:

“What prenatal care has developed into is a search and destroy mission... If you do a survey of families who have raised a Down syndrome individual, the overwhelming majority, over 90 percent plus, will say, 'yes, it's been challenging, but it's been rewarding.’”

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Feb 28, 2012

Mother Challenges Santorum on Abortion Views

(Image source: Slate)

 

BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


Will you meet my blind, paralyzed one-year-old son?

That’s a mother’s question to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who argues against certain types of prenatal testing, and says testing encourages abortions. But Emily Rapp has a one-year-son who suffers from the genetic disease Tay-Sachs. For Slate, she writes...

”Nearly two years old, he is already blind, paralyzed, and increasingly nonresponsive. I expect his death to happen this year. … If I had known Ronan had Tay-Sachs I would have found out what the disease meant for my then unborn child – and then I would have had an abortion.”

Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama’s health care law for requiring insurance companies to cover certain prenatal tests. He says some procedures like amniocentesis, which is a pre-birth screening for developmental abnormalities such as Down Syndrome, are used to encourage abortions. Last week he told CBS:

”Amnioscentisis are basically used to identify children who are disabled and in most cases end up resulting in abortions. That’s just the bottom line.”

Although Santorum wants to limit that type of testing, Dr. Tanya Sorensen tells KING these tests are absolutely necessary to prepare for birth and the life that awaits them with a disabled child.

”We can present them with consultations with paediatric specialists who will help them know how to take care of their child and what they might be looking at. It helps them prepare emotionally. There are a lot of reasons to know the information.”

As of Monday afternoon, Emily Rapp’s letter to Rick Santorum has been shared more than a thousand times on Facebook. It’s added fuel to the fire in the debate over prenatal testing. Santorum’s views meet at least some support though, from Dr. Gene Rudd, also a senior VP of Christian Medical & Dental Associations. He tells The Christian Post:

“What prenatal care has developed into is a search and destroy mission... If you do a survey of families who have raised a Down syndrome individual, the overwhelming majority, over 90 percent plus, will say, 'yes, it's been challenging, but it's been rewarding.’”

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