Teaparty darling Rick Santorum restated his stern view on abortion last week: it's murder, no matter what the circumstances. Doesn't matter if it's incest, or rape, doesn't matter if the victim is eleven years-old. This purportedly small government conservative is eager to use the power of The State to force rape victims to bear rapists' children and jail doctors willing to intervene. Santorum calls any exceptions "phony excuses" and led the charge to outlaw partial birth procedures no matter what the reason. But Santorum is willing to make one exception. Guess which one?
Karen [Santorum] was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor was artificially induced and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter.Neonatal specialists consider 24 - 26 weeks the earliest a viable infant can be delivered, and even then the baby faces enormous risks and lifelong complications. The earliest delivery I could find is 21 weeks and that figure is controversial. No one would expect a fetus suffering from a raging, deadly infection to survive a 20 week delivery. Rather than treat the problem and hope for the best, the choice was made to induce full labor at four and a half months, expel a nonviable fetus, and terminate the pregnancy.
Rick Santorum agreed to what he and his prolife cohorts define as a partial birth abortion, and for a very good reason, to save his wife's life. Karen Santorum was reportedly upset at first, but later noted had she died it would have deprived her other young children of a mother. And she's absolutley right. That's the whole freaking point of giving families privacy and the right to choose when they find themselves in the middle of a life and death tragedy they did not ask for and do not want. The same right the Santorums utilized, the same rights they would now like to take away from other American families, no phony excuses, no exceptions -- as long as they're not named Santorum.
Apparently his wife's procedure took place some 5 years ago, though I don't see how it is any less relevant. Many women have had to have abortions for similar health reasons, and the unyielding stance he (and pretty much all Republicans lately) have against abortion for any kind of reason whatsoever is just absurd. It's made significantly more ridiculous in light of his own wife's experience in conjunction with his current views.
Until recently (i.e. before the election of a black man into the White House), it has been a long-time understanding across the political spectrum that having an abortion for reasons of rape, incest, and endangerment to the life of the mother were acceptable. But now all common sense and compassion has gone out of the window with regard to the Republican party on the issue of abortion.
It goes without saying that there is and should be no blame aimed at his wife for having what her doctor must have told her was a medical procedure that she needed to have in order to survive. But, her husband has plenty to answer for regarding the hypocritical views he now espouses as he is running for the highest office in the country. He should, at least stand up and be honest aobut a reality-based situation that his own wife found herself in. The final point being, he has no right to use a bullshit platform to preach against the very thing that saved the life of his own spouse. The $100,000 question that should be asked of him now is, would agree to such a thing again? Would he rather have let his wife die?