Prick Santorum

From THINK PROGRESS:

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press [Sunday] morning, former Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered two stunningly maximalist positions on abortion — abortion should be flatly banned even in cases of rape or incest, and doctors who perform abortions should face criminal charges:

QUESTION: Do you believe that there should be any legal exceptions for rape or incest when it comes to abortion?

SANTORUM: I believe that life begins at conception, and that that life should be guaranteed under the Constitution. That is a person.

QUESTION: So even in the case of rape or incest, that would be taking a life?

SANTORUM: That would be taking a life, and I believe that any doctor that performs an abortion, I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion, should be criminally charged for doing so.

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It’s worth noting that Santorum’s statement that “life begins at conception” also indicates that he would make it a crime to provide many forms of birth control to victims of rape or incest. During a debate with Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who defeated Santorum in 2006, Santorum took the position that the morning after pill is the exact same thing as abortion if it is taken after “the egg has been fertilized.”

Moreover, Santorum’s position that the Constitution compels laws protecting fetuses places him at odds with the Supreme Court’s most conservative members.

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Nevertheless, this kind of over-the-top social conservatism is exactly the kind of thing Americans have come to expect from Rick Santorum. Santorum has previously called laws protecting the health of a pregnant woman “phony,” and he is best known for spouting a frothy mixture of anti-gay rhetoric comparing same-sex couples with people who have sex with dogs.

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46 responses to “Prick Santorum

  1. They should put him in a straight-jacket, and take him to the nearest looney bin, and leave him there.

  2. John Erickson

    Can’t they use him for trials for some of these medications? You know, the ones with the disclaimers on TV that read “Warning: may cause premature precipitation, anal leakage, bifurcated tibia, aggressive onomatopoeia, and in rare cases, multiple death syndrome”? Stick the pill down HIS throat, and save the poor guinea pigs (human and otherwise)!

  3. I like Meet the Press, thus put up with him on this week. Given that he and most of the GOP slate “debating” tonight have no chance of getting my vote, I decided not the watch. It’s not that the campaign season is short.

    • meet the press has become boring and stupid ever since tim russert died. i’m watching the debate, and i can honestly say that i feel dumber just for watching it. by the way, it’s not a debate, it’s a glorified townhall meeting.

      • Russert was a classic! On the morning after I heard some clips from the gathering … dang – Bachmann hurts my ears!

        • russert wasn’t perfect, but at least he wasn’t lazy. he didn’t just do the easy stories of the day. he scratched the surface and didn’t allow politicians to just spout off without having to back up what they said.

  4. It’s people like Sick Rantorum who fuel my conviction that abortion should be not only legal but, in some cases, retroactive.

    Unarmed in a battle of wits perhaps, but unfortunately not in a battle of voters — he’s the perfect candidate for the brain-dead formaldehyde-zombie hordes…..

    For all his anti-gay frothing, if by some ghastly chance he got elected, he’d likely find that lesbianism had sharply increased in popularity among those who knew all too well that accidental pregnancy would mean no mercy.

    • :lol: i’m laughing, because i was going to title this post something like ‘the best walking argument for retroactive abortion.’

      let him keep spouting off about abortion and how instances of rape and/or incest don’t qualify as exceptions. he might get the small percentage of anti-choice fanatics, but the rethugs will lose the vast majority of people who are not as insane as he is.

  5. The retroactive abortion line yielded a guffaw from me.
    I hate that this guy feels like he can make everyone’s most personal decisions for them.
    Young children can become pregnant from incest or rape… a 12 year old should have to deliver such a baby?
    I remember a recent case of an administrative nun in a hospital, choosing to allow an abortion in the case of a mother of 5 children, pregnant with her 6th child, where the birth would have caused the mother and or the mother & child to die (a complication).
    She allowed the abortion so the 5 children could have a Mother & the mother could live.
    Some sanctimonious priest fired her,
    Whatever happened to *judge not*? These decisions are not easy, but the people who have to live with the consequences should be making them, not politician Santorum.

    • during the so-called debate, they all had their hair on fire about how we can never, ever, ever allow sharia law in this country (as though there’s a threat of that happening). however, they don’t seem to have a problem of enforcing fundamentalist christian beliefs or canon law. they’re all so totally full of shit when they talk of individual freedoms. they want corporations and rich people to be free of paying taxes, but they want people to be oppressed. i honestly despise them.

      • Me too- the whole GOP mindset is *I got mine & I don’t care about anyone else*.
        Sharia law & illegal immigrants are the new election year distractions.
        Now they want to get rid of those pesky health & safety laws & rules that get in the way of profit.
        Despise-o-meter in the red zone

    • Young children can become pregnant from incest or rape… a 12 year old should have to deliver such a baby?

      See this case from 2009 from Brazil. A 9-year old girl became pregnant from rape and had an abortion deemed necessary to save her life. The local Catholic authorities excommunicated the doctor and all those who had helped the girl get the abortion, including her mother. The only person involved who wasn’t excommunicated was the rapist. And the Vatican backed up the decision 100%.

      These people are out there, and they mean it.

  6. You know, I like to make the distinction between people who are pro-life and people who are just anti-abortion. The usual distinction comes to views on capital punishment and war.

    Santorum falls into the category of people who just plain hate women, and possibly the rest of humanity, too. The good news is that in the unlikely event that he’s nominated, he has no chance of making it in a general election.

    • wken, someone over at the big orange just pointed me to this article:

      Rick Santorum is one dangerously confused denialist. The former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential aspirant is best known for his inability to associate his professed compassion for life at the level of the zygote, with the physical realities of human sexuality. He has equated loving same-sex relationships to bestiality. He is opposed to abortion under any circumstance. Almost.

      In October, 1996, his wife Karen had a second trimester abortion.

      i hope everyone reads the whole thing. it appears that it was okay for his wife to have a life-saving abortion, but other women should have to die. the hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

      p.s. i usually use the term anti-choice, not pro-life, because pro-life often doesn’t describe a large number of those people.

      • Oh, you know that Righties’ moralist convictions don’t apply to THEM. They apply to the little people. I mean, you can’t expect him to give up his wife. Who else is going to marry him, after all? Property rights, you know?

        And I agree … a huge pro-lifers aren’t really. Life doesn’t end at birth, after all.

        • as long as so many so-called pro-lifers continue to fight against feeding and providing meals to poor kids, allowing children to starve in other countries, because birth control is not banned in them, supporting the nra’s extremist stances, and rooting for the death penalty, they’re nothing but hypocritical tools of their churches and politicians.

          • You pretty much just described why I don’t call many people “pro-life.”

            If you can cheer because a person was put to death, or don’t care about “collateral damage,” and think that kids killed by unexploded cluster munitions or radioactive “depleted” uranium ammunition, then you’re not really pro-life. If it’s more important to you that you be allowed to store your loaded gun by the front door with no trigger lock than protecting kids, then you’re not pro-life.

            If coal company profits are more important than the prospect of rendering future crops impossible through climate change … or miners’ lives … then you’re not pro-life.

            I can do this just about all day, but we’re pretty much on the same page. When it comes to life issues, you and I have more in common than I have with most other people who call themselves pro-life.

            • katrina van de heuvel from the nation was on tv last night, and she made a good point that can be included in the farce that is the so-called pro-life politicians like botox batshit bachmann. they go on and on about how many kids they have and how they have so much respect for life. however, they want to abolish the epa and fda and every other regulatory agency. they don’t care if corporations are poisoning the very air we breathe, the water we drink, the medicines we take, or the food we eat. if it interferes with profits, then sacrificing children to corporate greed is perfectly acceptable. it’s also acceptable for insurance companies’ profits to come before life-saving procedures for people. pro-life, my ass.

  7. I like the island idea, but lets test out the theory: put three white guys out on a deserted island and the first thing that happens is two of them form a club and exclude the third one. My favorite is still the Hebrew fellow that was stranded for years and years. One day a rescue boat appeared and he was asked “You kept busy while stuck here, but why did you build two of these magnificent temples?” To which he replied, with appropriate hand gestures, that he absolutely refuses to step foot into that “other” synagog!

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  9. My brain is still bleeding from the debate last night. Ugh. Santorum has the same wild-eyed nut look as Bachmann, and that’s no easy task.

    • sick rantorum (thanks, infidel, i like that!) is one of the most unappealing near-human beings on the planet. he looks like he’s made of play-doh, and i bet he always got beat up at school just for being a shithead. he probably ran to the teacher whenever he saw anyone doing even the most insignificant thing wrong.

  10. It is the strident, no exceptions,tone to all his views that make him more dangerous than merely being a shithead. I watched some of the CNN GOP thingee last night. to call it a debate is erroneous….. they are all idiots… and dangerous.

  11. :mad:

    As far as his stance on criminally charging doctors. Why stop there? Throw the woman having an abortion in the slammer too.

  12. On a lighter note, that stain on his shirt . . . is that “santorum”?

    :: shudders ::

    • hi ahab, nice to see you again! :D

      i don’t know if you’re the first to notice or just the first to mention the stain on the shirt. it was, indeed, borrowed from the infamous website. :wink:

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