Crisis Pregnancy Center to Santorum: No Campaigning, Please!


Ouch.

An anti-choice pregnancy center is hosting a fundraiser, and is happy to have former Senator Rick Santorum headlining it.  But, they really hope he’ll just keep to the topic, and not go off into a political stump speech.

Via the Appeal Democrat:

Santorum was actually booked to speak before he announced his bid for the nomination, and while those at A Women’s Friend are excited to have someone of his stature as their guest at the Saturday evening event, they hope he will restrict his 45-minute speech to talking about life issues, said executive director Carol Dodds.

“He has such a compelling story in his own family,” she said. “I know they have seven children and one was not expected to live after birth and another has some disabilities. I’d really like to hear him tell his story.”

Santorum is opposed all forms of abortion. He authored legislation outlawing partial-birth abortion and he worked to pass the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Santorum is a wonderful advocate for what A Women’s Friend does, Dodds said.

“I think it’s good for people to know that across the nation they are not alone,” she said. “We want people to be educated about life issues at the fundraiser in order to make choices on whether they partner with us.”

Maybe the audience is leaning towards someone else for the nomination.

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  • crowepps

    I hope he tells the one about bringing the fetal corprse home from the hospital and pretending it’s a “baby” and making toddlers hold and kiss it as though it were still alive, that always brings tears to my eyes — out of pity for the children being brought up by these lunatics.

  • kp

    The fetal corpse was brought home after Mr. Santorum’s wife received an emergency abortion to save her life.

     

    Santorum is just another hypocrite who’s own abortion story is justified but other’s abortion stories are a result of their slutiness and selfish whoredom.

  • crowepps

    Yeah, I remember — he claims his wife would have been much happier if she’d been able to martyr herself but the doctors tricked her into allowing her life to be saved.  Of course, if I was married to Santorum, I can see where I might prefer death myself.

  • equalist

    In most of the descriptions I’ve seen of what happened, he refuses to call it an abortion even though that’s what it was.  He referrs to it as inducing preterm labor.

  • equalist

    @Crowepps: Of course it’s easy for HIM to say his wife would have rathered both she and the baby die than save her life.

  • amadi

    Karen Santorum says as much in the book that she wrote about the incident. She was unhappy at the time that doctors wouldn’t stop her preterm labor, because she knew the fetus she was carrying was not yet viable. She’s a nurse by training, she knows the implications. After the fact she realized that it was better that she lived to be with their children.

  • amadi

    No he doesn’t, because that isn’t what happened. Her labor wasn’t induced. She went into preterm labor because of a raging infection and she wanted doctors to work to stop the labor (there are drugs) but they concluded that if they did she and the baby would die. The actual story, not this revisionist version which is sourced to a satire blog on Tumblr and repeated on Daily Kos, was told at length in a book that the woman herself — Karen Santorum, the one who lost her much wanted baby — wrote.

     

    Santorum’s positions are loathesome and oppressive. But that’s not an excuse to lie about him and his past, especially not when the truth has been widely publicly documented and is relatively easy to find.

  • crowepps

    “The doctors said they were talking about a matter of hours or a day or two before risking sepsis and both of them might die,” Santorum said. “Obviously, if it was a choice of whether both Karen and the child are going to die or just the child is going to die, I mean it’s a pretty easy call.”

    Karen, a soft-spoken red-haired 37-year-old, said that “ultimately” she would have agreed to intervention for the sake of her other children.

    “If the physician came to me and said if we don’t deliver your baby in one hour you will be dead, yeah, I would have to do it,” she said. “But for me, it was at the very end. I would never make a decision like that until all other means had been thoroughly exhausted.”

     

    http://articles.philly.com/1997-05-04/news/25562508_1_fetal-abnormality-controversial-late-term-abortion-procedure-intact-dilation-and-extraction/2

    I am aware that I not the only one here who has lost her much wanted baby through spontaneous abortion.  I wasn’t aware that my or our having done so meant we would be given a free pass to be above criticism at the same time we continued to be judgmental about other people’s choices.

    There wasn’t anything particularly unique or specially tragic about the Santorums’ situation, which was very similiar to that of many, many other couples where pregnancy complications occurred and the pregnancy went wrong.  It’s hard to understand why people who indulged in eight pregnancies wouldn’t grasp that eventually the odds wouldn’t go their way, other than the fact they seemed to feel that as *extra specially superior moral people* they should be uniquely immune to complications.

    Many of us here have had pregnancies end disastrously.  The difference is that the rest of us don’t want to keep the option of using abortion open because “it’s a pretty easy call” to save one’s own or one’s wife’s life, while forbidding abortions to all other women.

    Surviving pregnancy shouldn’t be a luxury to which only the rich are entitled.

  • amadi

    None of what you’ve selectively quoted here supports the assertion that the pregnancy ended by abortion as opposed to preterm labor that couldn’t be stopped without killing Karen Santorum.

  • crowepps

    Karen Santorum has a spontaneous abortion at 19 weeks after trying a risky operation to correct a congenital birth defect (which made her deformed fetus nonviable) and developing a massive infection.  As I understand her and her husband’s statements, they understood that the use of antibiotics would doom the fetus.  It is pushing it to call what happened “preterm labor”, since technically preterm labor occurs between 20 and 37 weeks of pregnancy.  In this case there was zero chance that the fetus would survive.  Do you have some particular objection to the use of the accurate medical term ‘spontaneous abortion’, and some reason to prefer using ‘preterm labor’?  Aside from avoiding ‘the bad word’?

    I have no argument with any of the means and methods the doctors used in this case, or with the decisions that the Santorums made, because it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS to be telling them what to do.  My point is that just like they got to make their own choices in their unique situation, they need to BUTT OUT of the situations of other women/couples and let others ALSO make their own decisions.