Both Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum have as their youngest child an infant affected by chromosomal abnormalities. Sarah's child has Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome, and Rick's youngest child has Trisomy 18. I had never heard of Trisomy 18 before but this is a very, very sad condition to have, with limited life expectancy, severe disabilities, etc.
To get a clearer idea of what Trisomy 18 is, go to read the article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/bella-santorum...
Quoted in the article is Robert Marion, chief of genetics and developmental medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Almost half the children born with the condition die within the first three months of life, Marion notes. “Ninety percent die in the first year,” he says, “And the ten percent who survive have severe developmental problems.”
"Marion adds that Trisomy 18 is “almost always diagnosed prenatally, and those pregnancies are almost always terminated.” Even when pregnancy is continued, he says, “Almost all males die in the first and second trimesters, and most females” die during that time, too."
But if Sarah and Rick had their way, not only would there be no contraception available, but abortion and perhaps amniocentesis would also be outlawed. It should be noted that both Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 21 increase in frequent with an increased age in the mothers. And therefore both are more likely to be prevented with effective birth control after the mother reaches the age where childbirth is more likely to lead to difficulties.
I seriously feel very, very sorry for Rick and Sarah over the conditions of their youngest child but Rick and Sarah are terribly poor spokespeople for lecturing families about following their biblical advice on birth control, family planning, etc.