Iowa GOP Debate – Rick Santorum’s “beautiful” answer to an abortion question

Posted on August 17, 2011


Iowa GOP Debate Rick Santorum on abortion – YouTube .   Just notice how Mr. Santorum talks about the father (read: violent perpetrator) and the fetus, but there is barely a mention of the woman who would be victimized perpetually.  (transcript below)

Funny how for so many men (especially those of the religious persuasion) only view women in very limited ways.. as in, incubators, or housewifes, humble servants to their head of household husbands.  I mean hey, it does say that in the bible. It says a lot of other things too.. and was written by men, for men, in a time when little thought was given to women being full human beings in their own right.  But we know from 2000 years of evolution since then that women are full beings and think real thoughts and have real feelings and aren’t all that different from men.   And let’s also be clear that many men in general only view women in limited terms.. as objects, things to be looked at and used for pleasure, still someone to play housewife and nanny.  So a woman is raped (and let’s be very clear, i do not believe this should be the only exemption for abortion) which is an incredibly atrocious experience to go through, she must be forced to go through with 9 months of perpetual re-victimization as a fully cognizant, alive,VIABLE-OUTSIDE-OF-THE-WOMB BEING as opposed to a bundle of cells that are not viable without her sacrifice and do not go through (scientifically speaking) any sort of pain or unrest.  That child, while genetically human, is not a child.   Make no mistake: It doesn’t matter how much “help” you give women in these situations, if she was forced to conceive and does not want that baby inside of her body she is being victimized by being forced to carry it to term.  And who is Mr. Santorum, who has never had an abortion, to say that abortion is a traumatizing experience that we shouldn’t put women through?  When talking about if a woman should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term, it makes perfect sense only to discuss the other parties at play, and not the actual woman herself except in regards to saving her.  Right.  For the love of all things sane in this world, please, please Mr. Santorum keep your Bible out of my uterus which happens to live in a country where i’m allowed to believe in any religion i want. or none.  your morals mean little to my uterus.


Question: You would allow no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Polls have long shown that large majorities of Americans support at least some exceptions for abortion. Are your views too much even for many conservatives to support?

Rick Santorum: You know the Supreme Court of the United States on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. [Applause.] That child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception, and it is a human life, and we in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who have been traumatized already, [to] put them through another trauma of abortion? I think it’s too much to ask and so I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough. [Applause.]