To Rick Santorum and Other Self-Righteous Ideologues Who Know Nothing of What They Speak: Meet Ronan

by
Abby Zimet

In an excruciating essay, writer Emily Rapp describes the life of her two-year-old son Ronan, who suffers from Tay-Sachs, a degenerative disease that has rendered him blind, paralyzed, prone to seizures, unable to swallow and often to breathe, and increasingly non-responsive. If through pre-natal testing - opposed by Santorum and others of his ilk - she had known his life "would be primarily one of intense suffering," she would have had an abortion - also opposeded by Santorum - as "an act of love." What's at stake, she says, is not testing, but choice. She expects Ronan to die this year.

"Rick Santorum, I would like you to meet my child. You should see how beautiful he is; you should see how he suffers, how his parents suffer...I'm so grateful that Ronan is my child. I also wish he'd never been born."

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