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

Rick and Karen Santorum were on CNN’s Piers Morgan show on Friday night. I saw a little of it, but I missed this part. Via Think Progress, Morgan asked Santorum about his extreme anti-choice opinions–his goal of criminalizing all abortions, (and prosecuting doctors who perform the procedure) even in cases of rape or incest. Morgan also asked Santorum how he would respond if his own daughter were raped and became pregnant.

SANTORUM: 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.

Morgan didn’t ask Santorum about incest victims. What if an 11-year-old girl is impregnated by her own father? Should her father then tell her she has to “make the best of a bad situation” because the embryo or fetus is a “person?”

What about the girls and women who have been brutalized by rape and incest? Santorum seems unconcerned. Not only should they suck it up and take care of the “life” that has been forced upon them, they should also have to follow laws based on Santorum’s personal religious beliefs.

Santorum even had the nerve to claim that references to persons and life in the Constitution were “intended” to include fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses. Yet at the time of the writing of the Constitution, abortion was not even illegal.

This man is dangerous to all girls and women.


Open Thread: Karen Santorum’s Book Has Become Collector’s Item

Recently, I wrote a post about Rick and Karen Santorum’s responses to their miscarriage. After this loss, Karen wrote a book called Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum. At the time, I looked up the book and it was selling cheaply on Amazon.

Some of you may know that I’ve become a bookseller, at least temporarily. Well, I should have bought a bunch of copies of Karen’s book when I had the chance. The book was published in 1998, and until recently used copies were selling for less than a dollar. Today, the cheapest price I could find was close to $100.00 on some foreign websites. New copies of the book begin at $2,5 on Amazon and nearly $900 on E-bay. This copy at Half.com was selling for $.75 plus postage just recently and is now listed at $891.00.

I don’t know who is buying the book–maybe slumming pro-choice readers or pious anti-choicers–maybe both. Since I began selling my book collection, I’ve sold a few old and scarce books for inflated prices, but never this inflated. I’m going to have to get better at foreseeing these kinds of trends!