• Rick Santorum: Prenatal Testing Leads to Eugenics

    Rick SantorumThe faith of one of the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination holds that elect believers will rule their own planets in the afterlife, preferably in a nice cosmic neighborhood with a good schools near God's own planet of Kolob; it practices posthumous baptisms of the unconverted, its members wear possibly-magical "temple garments" and wayward adherents can be "shunned" from the Church's spiritual communion.

    And then there's the candidate who is an extremist religious crank

    Rick Santorum accused President Obama of requiring free prenatal testing in the health care plan he signed in 2010 because it would detect if children were disabled, encourage more abortions and save money.

    "One of the things that you don't know about ObamaCare in one of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing," Santorum began telling about 400 people here. "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. 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."

    It's true that the early detection of chromosomal disorders sometimes results in abortion, but at least as often, prenatal testing is used to plan out  courses of treatment — like heparin injections  or even neonatal surgery — to reduce the dangers of high-risk pregnancies.

    But according to Santorum, we can't have voluntary government-subsidized prenatal screening in a freedom-loving America. Only forced government-mandated prenatal screening.

    Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Abortion, Health, Health Care, Religion, Rick Santorum, Women's Rights

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