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Jan 6, 2012
Update: There has been some push back on this story, with some writers claiming it distorts the facts and Santorum denying it. It’s true that we should accurately characterize what happened. But what I want to highlight is his comment that the baby wouldn’t have survived either way. That doesn’t matter to blanket abortion bans. Many women requesting later-term abortions face similar circumstances, but anti-abortion activists don’t really care. Consider this story from Nebraska and its similarities to the Santorum family’s tragedy. The bottom line is that Santorum’s anti-abortion rhetoric is entirely divorced from reality, where abortion decisions often include factors like those faced by the Santorums.
I just wanted to share this piece from Jezebel:Let’s get down to brass tacks: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Personhood Pledge-signing, Griswold vs. Connecticut-opposing, Mr. Ban Abortion in All Circumstances With No Exception for the Life of the Mother, believes that the actions of his own wife should be treated as criminal. Why? Because, back in 1996, his wife had a procedure that resulted in the deliberate death of her fetus, even though it was a matter of saving her own life.
The far right has conjured up this myth of callous women heartlessly terminating their pregnancies as easily as they would discard junk mail – and in the case of later-term abortions, of doctors who are committing heartless murder. But, as the women who share their stories in the 1 in 3 Campaign can attest, women have good reasons for the abortions they seek – and those who have later-term abortions are often facing heartbreaking decisions about their health and their fetus’s health. Santorum is an earnest man whose social conservatism is deeply felt, as opposed to a political convenience. I don’t understand how he can be so blind to his own hypocrisy, so ignorant or uncaring of the heartbreak he himself has shared.