Santorum Nostalgic for a Baby’s Cry


Speaker of the House John Boehner wasn’t the only one talking about abortion at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit.  Presidential candidate Rick Santorum also gave a speech about the sanctity of life, reminiscing about the good old days of fighting against “partial birth abortion.”  Then, to recreate the moment, he quoted a newspaper article. 

About himself.

Via Lifesitnews:

Santorum recalled the words of a Washington Post article that described one of his first forays into the abortion debate on the Senate floor, during the unsuccessful 1996 effort to overturn President Clinton’s veto of a partial-birth abortion ban:

“Not five feet away, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum turned to face the opposition and in a high, pleading voice cried out, ‘Where do we draw the line? Some people have likened this procedure to an appendectomy. That’s not an appendix,’ he shouted, pointing to a drawing of a fetus. ‘That is not a blob of tissue. It is a baby. It’s a baby.’

“And then, impossibly, in an already hushed gallery, in one of those moments when the floor of the Senate looks like a stage set, with its rich wooden desks somehow too small for the matters at hand, the cry of a baby pierced the room, echoing across the chamber from an outside hallway.

“No one mentioned the cry, but for a few seconds no one spoke at all.”

A scrapbook moment indeed.

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