Senator Rick Santorum, not to be confused with the neologism coined by Dan Savagemeaning ‚Äúa frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter sometimes the byproduct of anal sex‚ÄĚ, is publicly very much against abortions, especially ‚Äúpartial birth abortions‚ÄĚ where the baby is terminated any time after three or four weeks and has to be passed out of the woman‚Äôs body via the birth canal. Basically meaning any abortion. The description I‚Äôve given is in no way an exaggeration or a falsehood, and the whole point of the term ‚Äúpartial birth‚ÄĚ is to demonize the concept of abortion out of hand, making it seem like you‚Äôre giving birth to a viable human baby then stabbing it in the heart before it‚Äôs out the door. It‚Äôs a dirty tactic, but one in line with Santorum‚Äôs namesake neologism, certainly.
Santorum‚Äôs views are unapologetically black-and-white. He advocates that any doctor performing an abortion under any circumstances should be criminally charged.
Even for rape. Even for incest. Even for saving the mother‚Äôs life. None of them justify abortion in Rick Santorum‚Äôs world.
Unless it happens to be Rick Santorum‚Äôs wife, and she might have died if not for her 20-week-old fetus being ‚Äúpartial birth‚ÄĚ aborted. That‚Äôs different. Because, you know, that‚Äôs JUSTIFIED. Unlike all those other mothers.
In October, 1996, his wife Karen had a second trimester abortion. They don‚Äôt like to describe it that way. In his 2004 interview with Terry Gross, Santorum characterizes the fetus, who must be treated as an autonomous person, as a practically a gunslinging threat, whom the mother must murder in self-defense. Karen has had to justify her decision to save her own life by explaining that if she died her other children would have lost a mother.
Karen Santorum is the wife of right-wing, anti-abortion Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). In 1996, Senator Santorum led the debate on a bill that attempted to ban late-term abortions, and refused to make an exception even in the case of ‚Äúgrievous bodily injury‚ÄĚ to the woman. In Santorum‚Äôs article, she expresses her view that carrying a non-viable fetus to term is the only option, and apparently does not think the woman‚Äôs health or future fertility should be a consideration.
I hereby call on Rick Santorum to sue the doctor who performed the surgery that saved his wife‚Äôs life. While it may not be a criminal act yet, at least you can get damages from the doctor for daring to save your wife‚Äôs life at the expense of your wife‚Äôs constitutionally endowed infection source. That act was a second-trimester abortion. It was a ‚Äúpartial birth abortion‚ÄĚ. It was done only to save your wife‚Äôs life. It is done generally only to save other mothers‚Äô lives. It is not a criminal act in any respect. If you do not sue this doctor, you are a hypocrite of the highest order, and deserving of the worst epithets people can Google-bomb you with.
Choosing abortion is not an easy choice to make. Sometimes, it‚Äôs the only option. People do not have abortions out of hand, despite what right-wingers and religious nuts would have you believe. Oftentimes, choosing abortion is choosing life ‚ÄĒ for the mother, who is often also the mother of other children.
Do not legislate that their wombs become pressganged into being baby factories for rapists or a death sentence for the womb‚Äôs owner. Trust doctors, and trust women, to make the choice only when necessary. If you don‚Äôt like abortion, then simply don‚Äôt have one, even if it costs you your life and your children their mother. And if you aren‚Äôt a woman or a doctor, shut the fuck up and stay the fuck out of the argument altogether. Especially if the reasons you‚Äôre horning in on this conversation ‚ÄĒ the reasons you believe you have any moral say in the matter whatsoever ‚ÄĒ have anything to do with a really old book.