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1 shutdown  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 5:41:44am

I can't tell if he is referring to an exception for partial-birth abortions or for any abortions. Regardless, the man is a misogynistic swine.

2 nines09  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 6:24:18am

The only thing phony about any of this is Rick Santorum and his ilk.

3 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 6:54:16am
Santorum dismissed exceptions other senators wanted to carve out to protect the life and health of mothers, calling such exceptions “phony”

Sure, because we all know that there is no such thing as an ectopic pregnancy in real life, right Mr. Santorum?

/effing idiot

4 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 6:59:52am

re: #3 ausador

Sure, because we all know that there is no such thing as an ectopic pregnancy in real life, right Mr. Santorum?

/effing idiot

Or Eclampsia or Pre-Eclampsia or Hemolytic anemia or Hypercoagulability either, I suppose?

5 dragonfire1981  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 7:12:19am

So Mr Santorum, what if your own daughter needed a life saving abortion?

6 researchok  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 8:21:05am

He was referring to partial birth abortions in this instance.

7 SteelGHAZI  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 8:21:35am

Go to hell, you heartless nematode.

8 cat-tikvah  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 8:23:59am

I couldn't get to the original editorial piece that Santorum wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer (May 1997) but here's a link to a partial transcript. I remember reading the article; Santorum's wife developed a life-threatening infection during pregnancy which resulted in a second-trimester abortion.

[Link: oursilverribbon.org...]

Hypocrite.

9 cat-tikvah  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 8:32:42am

From Phila Inquirer article cited above:

'Karen, a soft-spoken red-haired 37-year-old, said that “ultimately” she would have agreed to intervention for the sake of her other children.

“If the physician came to me and said if we don’t deliver your baby in one hour you will be dead, yeah, I would have to do it,” she said. “But for me, it was at the very end. I would never make a decision like that until all other means had been thoroughly exhausted.”

The fetus was delivered at 20 weeks, at least a month shy of what most doctors consider viability.'

Nope, just another phony excuse....

10 wrenchwench  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 8:38:55am

re: #6 researchok

He was referring to partial birth abortions in this instance.

Which are the abortions most likely being done solely to save the life or health of the mother. At cat-tikvah's link, you can read that what Mrs Santorum had was a full-birth abortion. They didn't need to induce it, but they would have if they had needed to. But they will trust no other woman with that decision.

11 nines09  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 9:01:40am

This is nothing new. Rick and his smiling Fascist's would take care of their own families and let you die. Hypocrite is too mild a word for this slimebag. "But it was different. Yeah Rick. It was your wife. STFU and STFD asswipe.

12 calochortus  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 9:43:19am

re: #4 ausador

Don't forget the cases where women could be denied life saving drugs that might kill the fetus as a side effect.

13 Bulworth  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 9:56:06am

I'm so glad Santorum is running to "limit the role of the federal government"....

14 BARACK THE VOTE  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 10:16:14am

The Republican Party. It's all about smaller gubbmint-- small enough to fit handily into your womb or bedroom.

15 BARACK THE VOTE  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 10:17:49am

oh and of course Santorum considers life of the mother exceptions "phony". It's God's will that women be fruitful and multiply, so anything else is just uppity bitches wanting something silly like control over their destinies.

16 cat-tikvah  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 10:34:22am

And to add insult to injury -- again, I couldn't find the original article but Karen Santorum authored a piece in the October 1997 issue of Family Circle magazine about her tragic experience, which apparently convinced her that the only choice women should have is to carry to term, regardless of the ultimate viability of the fetus. This is from an activist alert from the National Organization for Women in November of '97:

"Family Circle magazine featured an anti-abortion article in the "Full Circle" section of their October 1997 issue. The article, written by Karen Santorum, decried the use of late-term abortion under any circumstances. And it told the story of her own tragic pregnancy and the decision she and her family made – an option she and her husband would deny to other women .

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. "

Gotta love the internet. Sorry I can't reference the article itself.

I admire people with principles, even if I disagree with them. However, I truly loathe hypocrites, especially the self-righteous/"pious" ones.

17 Hal_10000  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 11:11:21am
He was referring to partial birth abortions in this instance.

Which are the abortions most likely being done solely to save the life or health of the mother.

Not so. There was actually a lot of debate about whether partial birth abortion needed a health exemption. The exemption was retained at Clinton's insistence.

We don't need to distort Santorum's words to know that he's a steaming pile of santorum.

18 The Questionable Timing of a Flea  Thu, Jun 9, 2011 12:16:03pm

re: #11 nines09

This is nothing new. Rick and his smiling Fascist's would take care of their own families and let you die. Hypocrite is too mild a word for this slimebag. "But it was different. Yeah Rick. It was your wife. STFU and STFD asswipe.

QFT. People like this--incoherent ideologues who operate in Manichean terms--always imagine that they're the only ones with a justifiable exception.

I think feministing.com once had an article about the phenomenon of women who are active anti-abortion protestors...then get an abortion...then turn up on the picket lines of the very same clinic they visited. And the logic is always the same "...I made a mistake and this is necessary; all those other women are irresponsible whores."


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