Santorum: No woman can ever have an abortion … except my wife

Posted on January 24, 2012

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Rick Santorum is one dangerously denial-ridden hypocrite. He’s best known for his inability to associate his professed compassion for life at the level of the zygote, with the physical realities of human sexuality.  He said same-sex relationships lead *DIRECTLY* to bestiality.  He said that abortion should be outlawed, INCLUDING when the pregnancy is the result of rape and/or incest. He is opposed to abortion under absolutely any circumstance. Well … almost.

In October, 1996, Rick Santorum’s wife Karen had a second-trimester abortion.  But the Santorums don’t like to describe it that way. Instead, they call it “a necessary interruptive surgical procedure to save the mother’s life that resulted in the death of the fetus.” How that is anything other than the literal clinical definition of “abortion” is something that can only be found in the dementia of faux-Christian hypocrisy.

Newsflash:  Calling it anything other than the word “abortion” doesn’t change the fact that it was, in fact, an abortion.

In this 2006 video, released by the Santorum campaign, Karen Santorum says, “I think it’s really sad, I think it’s tragic, that our opponent would use my family, go after my children, in the way he has, for political gain.”

What’s conveniently lost on Mrs. Santorum is how she and her husband are going after everybody else’s families and children every day, for political gain.

But the devastating ordeal of losing their child was apparently not so heart-rending and “deeply, totally personal” that it stopped the Santorums from cashing in with a book about it.  Yes, you can buy Letters to Gabriel from most religion-focused book stores for the bargain-basement price of only about 20 bucks. The Santorums define the book as “”a celebration of our son’s life.”

When posturing in South Carolina last week, Santorum said that “Neither rape, incest or a threat to the mother’s health is an excuse to commit the crime of having an abortion.” Asked what he would do if his own daughter approached him, begging for an abortion after having been raped, Santorum said he would counsel her to “accept this horribly created” baby, because it was still a gift from God, even if given in a “broken” way. Santorum said that any exception to a prohibition on abortion “would be taking a life” and he advocates that any doctor who performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so.

Except … of course … for the doctor who performed Karen Santorum’s abortion.  In the ever-in-your-face Republican hypocritical manner, Santorum says that situation was “different.”

Funny how in all that time, he never once mentioned how his views should have applied to his own wife, Karen, who:

  • had a live-in unmarried relationship with an abortion doctor who is 40 years older than she is;
  • left that man to begin her relationship with Santorum, whom she described at the time as “a fascinatingly open-minded and pro-choice man”; and
  • had a voluntary second-trimester abortion in her 19th week of pregnancy.

But whether or not Karen Santorum had an abortion or medically induced the birth of a non-viable fetus shouldn’t matter in the eyes of someone with views as extreme as Santorum, as he is one of a disturbingly large group of politicians — conveniently, all men — who believe that women should not be allowed to abort under any circumstances. Santorum’s even against abortion if there were no hope of the fetus surviving to full term, or even if the woman carrying the fetus risked death by doing so. Karen Santorum would have died if the fetus were not removed, and labor was induced and not halted knowing that the fetus would not survive. How is this not, in every sense of the word, an “abortion”? In Santorum’s world, it would probably qualify as “justifiable infanticide.”

The hairsplitting debate over whether or not the procedure Karen Santorum had been an abortion only serves to expose the ludicrousness of Rick Santorum’s extremism. In his view, it’s absolutely not okay for a woman to have doctors remove her life-threatening pregnancy for her, but it is okay for a woman to deliver a fetus long viability so that the child can die slowly, in open air, as “god” intended? Or is it just not okay for any woman to have an abortion if she doesn’t happen to be Rick Santorum’s wife?

According to Santorum, the U.S. federal government is too big. It’s too big to get into our school classrooms. It’s too big to get into our mortgages. It’s too big to get into providing basic, common survival services for the most down-trodden of Americans.  The federal government is just too gosh-darn big.

But there’s plenty of room inside a woman’s uterus for a huge chunk of the federal government to reside.

Through the tunnel-vision that is Rick Santorum’s view of the world:  Incest? Too bad. Rape? Too bad. Pregnant at 12 years old? Too bad. Woman dying because of the pregnancy? Too bad. Santorum said Sunday that women should never, under any circumstances, even consider abortion. Instead, they should “deal with it and move on to better times in their life.”

Great advice, Rick.  That way, every single time that woman looks at her child, she’ll see the man who violated her in the most horrific, traumatic, emotionally devastating and vile manner possible. This must be yet another shining example of those “compassionate conservatives” we keep hearing about.

But hey, as long as you don’t have to abide by the rules that you demand others have to live by, what’s the harm?  Right.

 

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