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Rick Santorum to Pregnant Rape Victims: “Make the Best out of a Bad Situation”

It’s glaringly obvious by now that Rick Santorum’s got one hell of an empathy problem. From soul mates to  immigrants to to war veterans, Santorum’s sanctimonious extremism leaves no room for human traits and emotions like compassion, flexibility, tolerance– or empathy. Want to marry the love of your life, who just happens to be born with the same genitalia you were? You’ll get no compassion from Santorum here. Want to risk everything to work your ass off for a better life in this country, but you just happen to be born in Mexico and here sin papeles? Sorry, amigo, but don’t let the puerta hit you in the culo on the way out– no flexibility from Santorum here. Willing to lay down your life in some godforsaken corner of Craplakistan to protect the freedom of every man, woman and child here at home but you also happen to lay down with members of your own sex? Your courage and sacrifice aren’t welcome in Rick Santorum’s America. What, did you think you’d find tolerance here?

Keeping perfectly in character, the former Pennsylvania senator appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight where he displayed a stupefying shortage of empathy for rape victims. That Santorum rabidly opposes abortion under practically all circumstances is well-known. But the GOP contender’s advice for rape victims is callously bereft of understanding of the utter powerlessness and loss of control over their own bodies that those women and girls experience in the wake of a sexual assault. Here’s what Santorum advises them to do:

“Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.”

Besides a glaring lack of empathy, Santorum’s commentary is also pregnant (pardon the pun) with ignorance. What if the pregnant rape victim is, say, a 12-year-old girl? Should such a child be forced to endure the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth ? Is that really in her best interest? And what of the child’s child? Adoption is an option, or perhaps the girl’s parents or other relatives would raise the baby, but shouldn’t such decisions– including the decision of whether or not to give birth in the first place– be left up to the rape victim and her parents?

Then there’s the issue of Santorum’s “god,” whose existence is at least impossible to prove and at most a fantastic delusion. What if a rape victim does not, as Santorum implores, accept “god,” let alone the pregnancy “he” has “gifted” in the form of a crime of sexual violence. Again, such matters are for the rape victim, not Santorum to decide.

It is Santorum, not rape victims, who ought to “make the best out of a bad situation,” that bad situation being abortion itself. It is a ghastly affair, and as a progressive who deplores all killing, I find myself increasingly opposed to abortion as a form of birth control. But in cases of rape or incest or when the mother’s life is in danger, the moral hypocrisy of progressives opposing war, capital punishment or any other form of homicide while accepting abortion seems to be mitigated by the horrific circumstances under which such pregnancies occur. When all is said and done, the world would be a much more humane place without abortions. But there are times when abortion may actually be the lesser evil, and Rick Santorum needs to concern himself less with self-righteous grandstanding and more with protecting the welfare of victims of one of the worst crimes that can befall a human being.

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2 Comments

  1. jim happenstanceJanuary 25, 2012 at 11:25 amReply

    There are, indeed, many times when abortion is the lesser of the evils. I cannot pretend to know what is best for any woman, nor can you or Santorum, and our wishes and beliefs should not count. I abhor abortion but support the woman’s right to choose what’s best for her. She’s the only one who truly knows.

  2. RT JohnsonFebruary 19, 2012 at 10:39 amReply

    I am not a woman, personally I believe it is the perspective mothers decision entirely, ultimately she will bear responsibility for the child when the father flakes out. I would personally rather spend eternity in the place of your choice than damn an innocent soul to a life on being unwanted and unloved.

    A 12 year old child, raped and pregnant being forced to carry that baby to term???
    What will she think every time she sees that child. Can you think of a more fitting punishment for an “innocent child” .

    Mr. Santorum, Just what did You Do? Why do you feel so guilty as to offer such response to 1 innocent child and saddling her with another innocent soul, what chance will she have?? You callous shallow
    *******.

    How is shanghaiing an American’s freedom
    of choice to satisfy the theological paranoia of a few, It’s your belief, great! live by it and I’m happy for you, It stops at my front driveway!

    Once again America’s Political process proves a lobotomized amoeba can run for our highest office.

    Tired? Vote each and every incumbent and I mean everyone, maybe they’ll get the idea, we pay the bills lets fix the problems.

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