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Rick Santorum Claims U.N Treaty Would Allow His Daughter to Die

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has joined World Net Daily (WND.com), a conservative website which pushes 'birther' beliefs and other right wing conspiracies, as a regular guest columnist.

In his first article for World Net Daily, Santorum warned that the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty, which was adopted in 2006, “has much darker and more troubling implications" and would allow his young disabled daughter Bella to die.

Santorum writes:

The most offensive provision is found in Section 7 of the treaty dealing specifically with children with disabilities. That section reads: 'In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.'

"The best interest of the child” standard may sound like it protects children, but what it does is put the government, acting under U.N. authority, in the position to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them. That is counter to the current state of the law in this country which puts parents – not the government – in that position of determining what is in their child’s best interest. Under the laws of our country, parents lose that right only if the state, through the judicial process, determines that the parents are unfit to make that decision.

In the case of our 4-year-old daughter, Bella, who has Trisomy 18, a condition that the medical literature says is “incompatible with life,” would her “best interest” be that she be allowed to die? Some would undoubtedly say so.