This about Santorum from the NYT, might shed some light on how Santorum is using his daughters health for his Campaign. You see, bringing a deformed baby into this world because 'god says so' knowing full well that the child will live in misery and be a tremendous financial and emotional drain on the family makes him 'gods choice candidate'. Whereas had they aborted the unfortunate fetus, that would have been intervening in 'gods will', Santorum is finding this all way too usefull to appear as the 'christian fundi's' perfect candidate who lives out by example, the fanaticism he preaches and would love to force it on everyone else. (below are some quotes from the artical by writers 'Gabriel' and 'Seelye')
"While many voters find Mr. Santorum’s brand of social conservatism and his speaking style off-putting, it is clear at rallies that Bella softens him. Audiences listen raptly to his descriptions, sometimes wiping away tears.
Trisomy 18 results in stillbirth for about half the babies carried to term, and 90 percent of children die before their first birthday, said Dr. Robert Marion, chief of genetics and developmental medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
After the first birthday the survival odds increase, he said, although pneumonia is a common cause of hospitalization because trisomy 18 children often have congenital heart diseases that cause fluid to build up in the lungs, causing infections. The condition has become rarer in the past 25 years, Dr. Marion said, “because people are diagnosing it prenatally and terminating the pregnancies more often now.”
That is one of the reasons Mr. Santorum cites Bella in his campaign — an embodiment of his respect for the sanctity of life and a reason he opposes Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul. He opposes its requirement that insurance plans cover prenatal screenings, principally amniocentesis, which he said are used to “cull” fetuses with birth defects.
"The procedures “are done by and large to find out late in pregnancy whether the child in the womb has a disability,” Mr. Santorum said in Ohio in February.
“And as we all know, 90 percent of Down syndrome children in this country are aborted once the mother and father find out that child is going to be less than what they were expecting.”
"He also maintained that the 2010 health care law, because it was designed in part to slow runaway costs, would lead to “a brave new world” in which doctors are pressured to ration care, and disabled children like his daughter would be denied care.
Dr. Marion, whose program sees about 7,500 children a year with developmental disabilities, said most health insurance does not cover many services the children need and that currently “the government has washed their hands” and there is no public financing for them either.
“It’s not a matter of these kids being squeezed because there’s pressure on the person providing the care,” he said. “What happens is we’re going to have to turn away some kids with trisomy 18 because there’s nobody to pay for it.”
Imagine the cost to families and to society, if Christian Fundi fanatics like Santorum, have their way and force bringing all the unfortunate deformed fetuses to full term. Then imagine that with Santorums Ideas, all who bring these deformed children into the world including the poor, are 'on their own' with the costs and coming up with affordable insurance would more than likely be next to impossible. All these problems and expenses are currently avoidable, but he and his 'Godly ways' would end that as soon as they were elected.
To my way of thinking God gave us scientific inteligence to avoid the above problems, but the supposed Godly Santorum has other ideas of 'Gods will' that intervenes in using good science, Santorum is the last person we need at the head of our country, especially because of the way he is using his Daughters unfortunate health problems as an example of why he should be the next president. The guy has a sick and twisted Ideology that is dangerous.