"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. 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’ve been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion I think is- is too much to ask. And so I would - I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough."
Sen. Rick Santorum, at the Ames Debate August 11th, explaining why he supports no exceptions for abortion whatsoever and claiming that an abortion after rape is “victimizing twice”. However, Santorum supports one exception - to save his wife’s life. Fortunately, he is a long-shot for the presidency.
So why post this disgusting quote? One reason: At the end of the paragraph in the transcript is the notation “[BRIAN] YORK: Thank you, Senator. (APPLAUSE)”
Brian York, a moderator from the conservative Washington Examiner, asked Santorum if he thought his views on abortion might be too much for everyday Americans. In a debate punctuated by fairly sharp follow-up, Santorum’s response went unchecked. That chilled me, along with the audience applauding and hooting throughout Santorum’s response.
We cannot forget, in the debate over the economy and jobs, that there are GOP candidates like Santorum who want women to be living in a universe akin to A Handmaid’s Tale.
After the decades of struggle our grandmothers, grandfathers, fathers, and mothers underwent for us to have the limited reproductive rights we enjoy today, us young people cannot allow ourselves to just not care about politics and government. I fear it could be the undoing of these freedoms, piece by piece, and a severe disservice to those who fought so hard in the past and are continuing to fight for gender equality and reproductive rights. The people in that audience cheering for Santorum will vote. I don’t care how disenchanted you are with government - don’t let them be the only voice.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, via cognitivedissonance)