Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rick Santorum and Prenatal Testing

Rick and Isabella
Santorum - June, 2011
As odious as Rick Santorum is on LGBT issues, my heart goes out to the Santorum family. The Santorum's three-year old, Isabella, has a genetic disorder; trisomy 18. I don't know if the Santorums had genetic counseling or if his wife, Karen, had prenatal testing. Therefore, I don't know if they had a choice before, or when, Karen was pregnant with Isabella.
  • If the Santorums didn't have a choice, Rick has no right, whatsoever, to deny others the right to know.
  • If the Santorums did have a choice, Rick has no right to impose their choice on anyone else.
There are many emotional and financial factors involved in choosing whether or not to have a child with trisomy 18 or to terminate the pregnancy. Half of infants with this condition do not survive beyond the first week of life. Some children have survived to the teenage years, but with serious medical and developmental problems. Parents might end up with a 15-year old, in diapers and unable to walk or speak.

The point here is that parents have an absolute right     perhaps an obligation     to be fully informed. Furthermore, parents have an absolute right to terminate the pregnancy as Roe v Wade is still the law of the land.
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