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Rick Santorum: All abortion is wrong . . . except for my wife

  • June 26th, 2011 @ 04:23 PM
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Okay so this isn't the freshest news (June 13th) but I thought this was worth posting since Santorum is a likely candidate for POTUS.

A clearly unbiased source

OUR ABORTION WAS DIFFERENT: WHEN THE ANTI-CHOICE CHOOSE

Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and likely presidential candidate, wants all abortions outlawed. He has even said that abortion providers should be “criminally charged.” Clearly, his compassion for zygotes, fetuses, and other squishy, jelly-like substances not fully alive is without question. When it comes to actual human beings, however, there is some doubt. He voted to cut every social and welfare program that came before him as senator, and not just those helping women and girls, but those helping the poor, immigrants, children in general, and, of course, education.

Mr. Santorum doesn’t hate all people, however. As a Republican, he loves rich people, white people, business people, and Christians. The real Americans, he calls them. There’s one other person he loves, too: his wife, Karen Santorum.

He loves her so much, in fact, that in 1997 when she became seriously ill during the 2nd trimester of her pregnancy, he didn’t want her to die.

In the 19th week of her pregnancy, Karen discovered during a routine exam that the fetus she was carrying had a fatal defect and was going to die inside of her. A long-shot surgery was performed that required cutting directly into the womb. It carried a high risk of infection and was performed not to save the fetus, but to reduce Karen’s complications while she attempted to go full term.

Two days later, she became severely feverish. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on intravenous antibiotics, which reduced her fever and bought her some time, but could not eliminate the source of infection: the fetus.

Karen was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor was artificially induced and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter.

They named it Gabriel Michael Santorum.

The event is obviously tragic, especially for Karen, who, like her husband, opposes any and all forms of abortion, even when it saves a woman’s life. As her fever subsided, she realized what was happening and asked for drugs to stop the labor, saying, “We’re not inducing labor. That’s abortion. No way.” But it was too late.

Today, hindsight being 20/20, Karen says she would have authorized the procedure after all, justifying the saving of her own life by explaining that her other children would have lost a mother.

Indeed.

The procedure, whereby labor is induced to remove the fetus before it has any chance of surviving on its own, is considered by Mr. Santorum to be a ‘partial-birth abortion’, and he is correct. He also personally authorized one to save his wife, whom he loves.

Mr. Santorum is opposed to any and all forms of abortion. Incest? Too bad. Rape? Too bad. Twelve years old? Too bad. Wife, mother, daughter, lover, friend dying? Too bad.

This hypocrite needs to be kept out of all elective offices for the rest of his life.

“Abortion in any form is wrong,” said Santorum in 2000, three years after the tragedy. “Except for my wife. If your wife’s life was at stake and the only thing that could save her was an abortion, well, too bad. Your wife will have to die. It was different with my wife. You see, I love her. I don’t even know your wife’s name.”
I don't know why this wouldn't have changed his mind in the least. His wife was going to die, he made the impossibly difficult decision to save her and lose the child. I can't imagine the pain he and his family went through but that can happen during pregnancy. Yet, he remains staunchly against ALL forms of abortion.

Ignoring the blatant hyperbole and partisan nature of the article itself, I think the meat of the story should bother more Americans. Rick Santorum doesn't care about your wife, but he's allowed to break his own beliefs to save his. I mean, he even alluded to it, he loves his wife and therefore it's different.

Do people really like this kind of attitude from their leaders? Kind of reminds you of all the politicians against free healthcare who are on free taxpayer-fueled healthcare already, right?

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Reply Posted: August 7th, 2011 @ 08:01 AM
Bump?

This doesn't bother more people? That if it was your wife, he would tell you 'deal with it' but if it's his wife it's okay? This kind of selfish attitude is just fine with American republicans?


Reply Posted: August 7th, 2011 @ 10:54 AM
People learn from their mistakes....or the mistakes of their wife.....or smarten up about their viewpoints as they age. Telling a woman to "deal with it" is exactly what should be done. Step up! You already gave your body away when you shared it. Deal with the consequences. Yes, it's hard, yes there are changes and risks, but it'll be over in 9 months.


Reply Posted: August 7th, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
You know that a baby is born in 9 months, right? It's not exactly 'over'

On the one hand I agree that people need to learn to handle their consequences much better than they do now, but saying "just deal with it" is not entirely what this is about. Abortions can be necessary to save a woman's life as with Santorum's. He is saying that he doesn't care if your wife dies, he only cares about his. So basically, he can break his own proposed laws because it's in his best interest.


Reply Posted: August 7th, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
Normally those that choose to abort don't want the child meaning they would likely choose to give it up for adoption (or at least I hope). No one likes that people could risk their life in childbirth....yet same woman risks her life contracting STDs, or walking across the street.


Reply Posted: August 9th, 2011 @ 10:17 AM
Shel - the fact that other risks exist doesn't make these risks okay.

IF Mr. Santorum is really as bad as the article portrays, then he's a hypocritical moron. Just like hundreds of politicians and millions (if not billions) of people


Reply Posted: August 9th, 2011 @ 10:20 AM
I'm pointing out that citing risks as a reason not to carry a baby full term isn't relevant. Risks occur everyday, and it doesn't make us stop living and experiencing.


Reply Posted: August 9th, 2011 @ 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by shelgarr View Post
I'm pointing out that citing risks as a reason not to carry a baby full term isn't relevant. Risks occur everyday, and it doesn't make us stop living and experiencing.
It does if you're carrying a fetus that if you don't get rid of it that you're going to die.


Reply Posted: August 15th, 2011 @ 10:49 AM
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/arc...wife-needs-one

Dan Savage had written a blog about this, and it's my understanding this is where this "source" got it's information. Savage has manned up and disabled the link because he can't find anything to substantiate the "labor-induced" story or anything to substantiate the claim of what he said about his wife and "I don't even know your wife's name".

Wasn't there some complaint about Fox News doing stuff like this and some assertion that only THEY do stuff like this?


Reply Posted: August 15th, 2011 @ 08:45 PM
This just affirms Rick Santorum's arrogance. In the recent Fox News Iowa Republican debate, Santorum said this about Ron Paul:

Originally Posted by Rick Santorum
Just because he's mostly wrong, doesn't mean he's always wrong.
He could have explained why Paul was mostly wrong, but he didn't. He just said it matter-of-factly. His arrogance will derail him.




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