Rick Santorum Thinks Abortions Just “Traumatize” Rape Victims


Walking anal sex joke (Google: “Santorum”) and Republican presidential wannabe Rick Santorum, although massively lagging behind in the polls, appears to be competing with Bachmann and Perry in the far-right “ludicrous statement du jour” department on the issue of abortion.

The former Senator and GOP presidential candidate is renowned for offering stunningly maximalist positions on abortion. In the past, Santorum said abortion should be flatly banned, even in cases of rape or incest, and doctors who perform abortions should face criminal charges. Okay, we get it–Rick Santorum loves fetuses more than hate group special-interest money.

Last week, Rick Santorum took it up a notch at the Republican presidential debate in Iowa.

“Would you allow no exceptions for cases of rape on incest?” Fox News host, Byron York asked. “Polls have shown that large majorities of Americans support some exceptions for abortion. Are your views too much, even for many conservatives to support?”

“That child is an innocent victim,” Santorum replied. “To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life, genetically human from the moment of conception. We in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who have been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion, I think is too much to ask. So I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.”

So, not only does the former Senator and GOP presidential candidate believe that a woman has absolutely no say in extreme cases such as rape or incest, but he also believes that the rape victim is way too traumatized to make such a consideration.

Once again, we’re bombarded with a reactionary male who flagrantly injects his own perverse religious thinking into an area about which he personally knows little, if anything. Perhaps the former Senator should imagine one of his daughters being sexually assaulted and then told by her attacker that she mustn’t tell anyone or she will be in danger. So she doesn’t tell anyone and in the meantime, her rapist’s child is developing inside of her. Yet she still doesn’t tell anyone. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network estimates that, out of 64,080 reported rapes of victims 13 years or older from 2004-2005, 3,204 pregnancies resulted.

But instead of looking to find solutions that seek to fight the social ills that lead to abortion, Rick Santorum would rather allow the far-right’s extreme black and white, Manichean views on abortion and attack the women who seek them.

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  • plume-assassine

    Rick Santorum is a terrible human being.

    Remember: The rapist takes away choice once, the “pro-lifer” wants to take it away a second time.

  • kp

    Whenever Mr. Santorum says anything about abortion, I just want to remind him that, without the availablity of late term abortion, his own wife would be dead.

    I am glad Rick has never been raped or pregnant.  I would hope he would recognize how fortunate he is.

  • crowepps

    Rick Santorum sincerely and honestly thinks it TRAUMATIZES women to have choices available, because Rick Santorum is SURE there’s always only ONE RIGHT THING TO DO.  If women are allowed to PICK things, they might pick the wrong thing and fall into evil, and so it’s better for women if men just tell them what they’re supposed to do.  Even if it ends up killing them, at least it won’t be THEIR fault. 

     

    Rick Santorum sincerely and honestly thinks women have emotions but not brains, and that it is the DUTY of men to ensure all women are full of fetuses at all times so they will be ‘contented’.  That’s what women are designed for, producing more men.

     

    Rick Santorum is delusional, but he really truly BELIEVES his delusions.  That doesn’ t make him any less dangerous.

  • ack

    This is beyond disgusting. It’s one thing to think that abortion is murder, regardless of the circumstances of conception. I find that position morally abhorrent, but consistent. But to say that rape victims are retraumatized by abortion is not reflective of the most basic principles of advocacy for victims of sexual assault. CHOICES are what’s important in the aftermath of a sexual assault.

     

    Dear Rick Santorum,

    Stop pretending you care about women and girls who are pregnant as a result of a rape.

    Sincerely,

    ack

    P.S.- You’re an ass.