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Santorum’s wife’s abortion was different, you see.

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Santorum’s wife’s abortion was different, you see.

Senator Rick Santorum, not to be confused with the neologism coined by Dan Savagemeaning “a frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter sometimes the byproduct of anal sex”, is publicly very much against abortions, especially “partial birth abortions” where the baby is terminated any time after three or four weeks and has to be passed out of the woman’s body via the birth canal. Basically meaning any abortion. The description I’ve given is in no way an exaggeration or a falsehood, and the whole point of the term “partial birth” is to demonize the concept of abortion out of hand, making it seem like you’re giving birth to a viable human baby then stabbing it in the heart before it’s out the door. It’s a dirty tactic, but one in line with Santorum’s namesake neologism, certainly.

Santorum’s 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’s life. None of them justify abortion in Rick Santorum’s world.

Unless it happens to be Rick Santorum’s wife, and she might have died if not for her 20-week-old fetus being “partial birth” aborted. That’s different. Because, you know, that’s JUSTIFIED. Unlike all those other mothers.

In October, 1996, his wife Karen had a second trimester abortion. They don’t 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.
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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 “grievous bodily injury” to the woman. In Santorum’s article, she expresses her view that carrying a non-viable fetus to term is the only option, and apparently does not think the woman’s 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’s 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’s life at the expense of your wife’s constitutionally endowed infection source. That act was a second-trimester abortion. It was a “partial birth abortion”. It was done only to save your wife’s life. It is done generally only to save other mothers’ 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’s 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 — 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’s owner. Trust doctors, and trust women, to make the choice only when necessary. If you don’t like abortion, then simply don’t have one, even if it costs you your life and your children their mother. And if you aren’t a woman or a doctor, shut the fuck up and stay the fuck out of the argument altogether. Especially if the reasons you’re horning in on this conversation — the reasons you believe you have any moral say in the matter whatsoever — have anything to do with a really old book.

by on Jan. 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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tooptimistic
by Kelly on Jan. 4, 2012 at 1:29 AM
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OneToughMami
by on Jan. 4, 2012 at 1:33 AM

hmmm...his wife's medical procedures are none of my business but he shouldn't be a hypocrite...

AphroditesCurse
by on Jan. 4, 2012 at 2:52 AM
Dude I just read this and I can't believe this guy is winning yes his family has a right to privacy but he does not have the right to save his wifes life and then try to make something illegal that could say my life or my friends or sisters or cousins, asshole. I'm sure Obama will cream him
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aritoyh
by Member on Jan. 4, 2012 at 3:04 AM

If he and his family were truly against abortion then his wife should have died instead of having one. I do not believe that anyone who has had an abortion has the right to try and take that decision away from anybody else, ever.

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2012 at 5:41 AM
Are you serious?

Yeah, I'm sure her physician didn't think of any of that. Too bad you weren't there to guide him.


Quoting mydebbers:

If ot was done to save the mothers life, I dont see the wrong in it, but why couldnt they have forseen this earlier? Was an ultrasound, and tests for any defects or something wrong not done in the first trimester? Was family history checked ? Was an amnio done? If every option was done earlier I can see where it could have been done earlier on, but what did they discover at 20 weeks? If the heart was not beating I could understand that part........ What can cause a mother to die at 20 weeks pregnant?

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Mom2Just1
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Typical republican.  I did not have my first ultrasound until I was almost 18 weeks. I had a healthy pregnancy and there was no reason to have one before that.  

ac10
by Member on Jan. 4, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Despite his hypocrisy, this is a private matter.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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What a spin job. 

Tanya93
by on Jan. 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

That's not true.

Everyone I know had one at the first visit to confirm the pregnancy.  I guess your first visit could have been at 18 weeks.

Quoting Mom2Just1:

Typical republican.  I did not have my first ultrasound until I was almost 18 weeks. I had a healthy pregnancy and there was no reason to have one before that.  


Mom2Just1
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

My first visit was at 4 weeks.  I had a blood test to confirm pregnancy.  9 weeks we listen to the baby heart beat. 


Quoting Tanya93:


That's not true.

Everyone I know had one at the first visit to confirm the pregnancy.  I guess your first visit could have been at 18 weeks.

Quoting Mom2Just1:

Typical republican.  I did not have my first ultrasound until I was almost 18 weeks. I had a healthy pregnancy and there was no reason to have one before that.  



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