Mary - posted on 02/20/2012 ( 56 moms have responded )
GOP presidential candidate and former senator Rick Santorum sharply criticized President Obama’s health-care law again Sunday for requiring health-insurance companies to cover certain prenatal tests, because some procedures are used to identify abnormalities and “encourage abortions.”
“The bottom line is that a lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions,” Santorum said during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He said he was talking specifically about some, but not all, prenatal testing, and not about prenatal care in general. He said “there are all sorts of prenatal testing which should be provided free,” such as sonograms.
I don't usually make posts about politics. I have voted in every election since the age of 18, and do my best to stay well-informed on the issues, but debating politics is something I usually avoid. However, this proclamation by Santorum absolutely enraged me.
I'm really starting to get a bit bent over all of the anti-women sentiment that seems to be floating around this country of late. The debate over providing contraception coverage (being carried out by an exclusively male panel). States mandating that ultrasounds be performed and viewed prior to having a legal procedure performed (apparently some invasive diagnostics are "okay", and some "information" is necessary). The whole debacle that ensued over the Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood.
I am not an activist by any stretch of the imagination. I am not a militant feminist, either. However, it seems like every time I watch the news lately, I am finding myself closer and closer to putting up banners, plastering my car, and dressing myself and my daughter in shirts that read "Stay the fuck out of MY uterus".
As someone who worked in OB for year, this latest statement by Santorum has made me almost violent. For many, an amniocentesis can provide crucial, definitive information about the health and well-being of their baby. Yes, there are those who may choose to terminate based on this information. However, there are many parents who use this information to prepare themselves for what lies ahead. There are also times when the information obtained through an amnio can help medical professional treat that unborn child, and even save it's life.