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Santorum's Constitution

RS Former Sen. Rick Santorum is receiving heat for the supposed gaffe of wondering why President Obama didn't support an antiabortion position. The quote: "I find it almost remarkable for a -- for a -- for a black man to say, 'No, we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.' "

Santorum has said a lot of offensive things -- remember his "man on dog" comment in connection with gay marriage? -- but citing Obama's race is just an ad hominem variation on the position of some opposed to abortion that unborn children/fetuses are the new slaves and that Roe. Wade is the new Dred Scott decision. If you really believe that, you might wonder why an African American president, who would be particularly sensitive to the outrage of slavery,  wouldn't accept the argument.

The interesting thing about Santorum's comments is that he apparently believes believes fetuses are persons under the 14th Amendment. He lamented in an interview with Greta Van Susteren that "what the court has decided -- you know this, Greta -- is that even though it's human life, it's not a person under the 14th Amendment, and therefore is not entitled to constitutional protection."

The idea that a fetus is a person under the Constitution is a fairly mind-boggling notion even if you're against abortion. (Would fetuses be counted in the census for purposes of congressional representation? How could fetuses possess property that couldn't be taken without due process of law?)

Santorum's position distinguishes him from other critics of Roe vs. Wade (think of Justice Antonin Scalia) who argue that the Constitution says nothing about abortion one way or the other. It's a cleavage in the antiabortion movement that isn't discussed very often.


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Photo: Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum made his eighth trip to the Palmetto State to attend the anti-abortion march in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday, January 15, 2011. Santorum was the guest speaker at the rally. Credit: Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/The State


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Google Santorum and mixture. Interesting mixture of nauseants.

Mitchell Young

That's a pretty unfair characterization of Santorum's 'man on dog' remark, though linking mitigates the unfairness somewhat.

Here is the quote in context.
Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. ***It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.*** It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality —

So Santorum is explicitly disavowing any equation of homosexual acts with beastiality.


And yet he supports an insurance company's right to deny coverage to a pregnant woman.


Santorum is absolutely right, but he forgets one thing -- Obama is a Democrat.

Democrats as a party fought for the right of one man to determine the humanity of another, and it isn't a far stretch to see that they are now fighting as a party for the right of one woman to determine the humanity of another.

As long as there are people who want the power of life or death over others, there will be Democrats. I doubt very much that Dr. Gosnell of Philadelphia -- an abortionist arrested more than three years after the fact for the murder of one woman and ten babies -- is a Republican. In fact, as the case unfolds, it's becoming obvious that, because Pennsylvania has its first Republican Governor in decades, an incentive finally exists for justice finally to be served -- for the State deliberately ignored Gosnell's crimes while pro-choice Democrats were in office.

Bob Cr

However, if someone kills a pregnent woman or causes a woman to have a miscarriage, that person can be held for the murder of the unborn baby... so in he is right in some cases the unborn baby is considered a person.

Louis Champagne

Rick Santorum was actually elected Senetor at some point in his life. Would someone please inform him that America is for everybody, not just people who think and believe as he does.

Joe Meeker

Rick, thank you, thank you, thank you!! Finally someone stands his ground and puts The Reverend Al in his place. Why can't some people just answer the question?? Joe



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