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Who’s the Real Phony? Santorum on Abortion and Disability

Who’s the Real Phony? Santorum on Abortion and Disability

On Sunday Republican candidate contender Rick Santorum attempted to clarify his comments from the previous day about President Barack Obama’s “phony theology,” as well as his remark that schools run by federal or state government are  ”anachronistic.”

At a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Santorum had said that it is parents’ “responsibility” to educate their children while comparing public schools to factories. In a Sunday appearance on CBS News’s Face the Nation, Santorum defended his remarks. Noting that he and his wife home-schooled their children, Santorum said he did not oppose government financing of education but emphasized that “public education should be a dynamic process that’s locally run” with the parents “in charge.”

Earlier in his campaign, Santorum had made similar remarks about public education when discussing early intervention. Santorum said that early childhood education programs are the government’s attempt to “indoctrinate” children and that is why he is “opposed all these early starts and pre-early starts, and early-early starts.”

Santorum’s censure of early childhood education — a topic that few would criticize — especially stands out as, in 2005 while he was in the US Senate, he helped to sponsor the Combating Autism Act (CAA) which specifically called for early childhood education in the form of early intervention, after the screening and diagnosis of young children for autism.

Indeed, early intervention and early childhood education service are near and dear to the hearts of families with autistic children and children with disabilities. Public education is crucial to families of children with disabilities. It is due to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that children like my teenage autistic son Charlie are able to attend school; Charlie learns not only academic subjects, but skills of daily living and vocational training that will prepare him for his adulthood. Without IDEA, families would be left on their own to educate children with disabilities, who very often require highly training teachers and therapists.

Santorum: Obama “has a very bad record on the issue of abortion and children who are disabled”

Santorum and his wife are themselves parents of a child with disabilities. Their 3-year-old daughter, Bella, has a serious chromosomal disorder and would certainly qualify for early intervention services. Santorum referred to his daughter on Sunday in defending his criticism of a requirement in the President’s health-care policy for insurance companies to cover prenatal testing; he positioned himself as a disability advocate in saying that “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.” Noting that doctors who detected a condition such as Bella’s via prenatal testing would typically recommend abortion, Santorum said that

“I think the president has a very bad record on the issue of abortion and children who are disabled.”

It is good that Santorum said “I think” because if he looked up the Obama administration’s position on disability issues, he would see that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) specifically seeks to provide a number of benefits for individuals with disabilities, including ending discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions and establishing the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, which is to help those with disabilities remain in their homes, communities and jobs through cash benefits to fund community support services.

Santorum’s remarks on abortion and public education suggest that he is more concerned about hypothetical yet-unborn children with disabilities, while overlooking — indeed, brushing aside — the actual, day-to-day needs of individuals (and in particular adults) with disabilities. Who’s the real phony here?

 

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11:04AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

@Craig D:

you have already been reprimanded on account of your incorrect views, so I will not add fuel to that fire. however, i would like to politely ask you to use correct spelling and grammar when writing. i could barely read your comment, much less debate with you about the content. if you wish to give your opinion on a topic, please write legibly.

9:39PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

@ Craig D.:
George W. Bush
The bailouts
When Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said big financial firms, such as Citigroup and American International Group, would fail without federal assistance, President Bush signed into law the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The move allowed up to $700 billion to be used for bailing out the firms. So far, the feds have disbursed more than $594 billion.
At the time, the majority of Americans opposed the bailout. The top 10 largest U.S. banks -- most of which received bailout money -- now hold 77 percent of the industry's domestic assets, according to Bloomberg.
Read more: George W. Bush | Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/george-w-bush.aspx#ixzz1nH5L4xtM
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Do some research & get your 'facts' straight before you spout out what you don't know, & only from hearing "The Fox Republican News Show"
You sound as ignorant as the fools running for office.
Obama can't get anything done when the House & Congress block him at every opportunity.

4:43PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

i see theres alot of sheep on here

what dont you people understand obama is not doing anything to bring down the debit in fact he spent more money in 4 years then bush did in 8 years .........


obama dose not know how to keep a promiss ......

and seems like all of you obama nut huggers have forgoten his promiss ........


oama said he promisses ti the people of the U.S that he will cut our debit by half and if he dosent do that he WILL NOT RUN AGAIN ...........

4:23PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

i sure as heck do not entirely trust santorum - and i trust obama A WHOLE LOT LESS!

3:49PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Anyone who doesn't think that Tricky Ricky is a phony definitely needs help!

7:25PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Frances C....I could not agree with you more!!! I hope this message rings through the din of money Citizens United has unleashed to kill our democracy, but if you keep Mic Checking, I'll keep mic-ing it out!!!

And since Care2 will not let me amend my profile and update my user name,

sincerely,

aliceandthecat

6:56PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

We can't let these right wing radical Republicans get elected. They are a danger to our democracy. Vote Democratic down the line.

5:52PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

hey robert t read what you wrote.That isn't correct either when you write "those your critisise" and you spelled criticize wrong buddy.So don't be so judgmental of jerry t.It makes you sound more ignorant than anyone on here

5:48PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

mike r you say all of that bout rick /.................


but how do you feel bout obama

5:40PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

guys why dont you just sureport ron paul .......


and lets just say if rick wins are you just gonna ahead and vote obama

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