Rick Santorum Endorses North Carolina ‘Motorcycle Safety’ Abortion Bill


Heated debates in the North Carolina legislature over expanding gun rights and restricting voting rights have shifted  the spotlight this week off of SB 353, an omnibus abortion bill that’s tucked into a piece of legislation originally created to address motorcycle safety issues; the bill has been stalled in the senate rules committee since last week. In a last-minute bid to spur the committee into action, 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has endorsed the bill.

“I am pleased to stand up and support critical legislation that will protect unborn babies in North Carolina,” Santorum said in a press release. “If we don’t take a stand to support our most fundamental right to life, then no other rights matter. Every life should be protected and every life has value, and I am pleased to join pro-life allies in North Carolina to see that this bill becomes law. I have been proud to stand with pro-life leaders around the country to usher in a new era of pro-life legislation that will protect our unborn children. It is my hope that the two chambers can come to an agreement on strong pro-life legislation that the governor will sign into law.”

Santorum was an initial favorite in the 2012 GOP race, bringing droves of Christian conservatives to the polls in the early primary and caucus states. Since his exit from the race, Santorum has started his own PAC, staffed by a number of his presidential campaign team members. He also became actively involved in the Texas abortion debate and said during a Texas GOP press conference, “This is an important moment for everyone to recognize where the abortion debate really is in America. The face of the pro-life movement [is] people out there every day embracing women, whether they decide to have an abortion or not. They love them. … It is the movement of love. That’s what this movement is about.”

The Des Moines Register speculated that Santorum may be “laying the groundwork for another presidential run,” based on his numerous appearances in Iowa, an early straw poll and caucus state. One aspect of North Carolina’s contentious voter ID bill would be a change to the state’s presidential primary date, making it closer to the South Carolina date, the first primary held in the South.

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  • L-dan

    “This is an important moment for everyone to recognize where the
    abortion debate really is in America. The face of the pro-life movement
    [is] people out there every day embracing women, whether they decide to
    have an abortion or not. They love them. … It is the movement of love.
    That’s what this movement is about.”

    Right, that’s why members of their movement shoot doctors and other abortion care workers. It’s why they call women ‘baby murderers’.

    I can feel the love. Our most recent trolls have certainly been loving as well. /sarcasm

    • Valde

      It is the movement of love.
      That’s what this movement is about.”

      That’s why they call pro-choicers and women who have abortions s1uts and wh0r3s who deserve to die for the crime of having sex.

      • HeilMary1

        Thanks for sticking up for me on that linked article!

        • Valde

          NP HM.

          You are very passionate and come off a little strong at times, but as Fiona said, you have good reasons to feel the way you do.

          That dvrdwn person was a real loser though – even if you WERE schizophrenic, or any of the bs things he was accusing you of being – he should not have started mocking you. Shows a very low level of maturity.

          • HeilMary1

            Thanks! I agree with you that I should tone it down because I inadvertently burn some bridges and scare off some nice people who partially or mostly agree with me. The newer dvrdwn and Cassandra comments were appearing out of sequence on my computer, and came off as harsher or more mocking than when they sequentially followed my comments. Because they also included typical anti-choice-like barbs, my PTSD buttons got pushed. I paid a stiff price for obeying my anti-choice mom for too many years out of ignorance and bullied fear. Being nice to religious sex-hating fetal idolaters never charms them into returning your stolen human rights.

            They always view the “sexually unworthy” already born as disposable. Because they have a variation of Muchausen by Proxy psychosis, they are relentlessly hoping to medically harm new mothers and already born kids, just like pedophiles, and I was pleased that Dr. Richard Sipe understood my theory and that the research of Catholic anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes on impoverished mothers in Brazil seems to also prove this. A perfect example of forced motherhood forcing Catholic women to commit Munchausen by Proxy abuse against unwanted children was even prosecuted in Philly in the case of Marie Noe. Because Noe was denied effective family planning, she secretly suffocated 8 of her 10 kids and won everyone’s pity as the poster mother of SIDS bad luck. Savvy Philly officials reading up on a similar case in New York re-examined Noe’s “bad luck” and tried her for homicide. Because of her age, she got off lightly with 20 years of probation and 5 years of house arrest. Supposedly, her other 2 kids died of “natural causes”.

          • Valde

            It’s funny how forced birthers fetishize the disabled nowadays. From what I have read, throughout most of history, ‘godly’ people viewed the disabled as ‘demon-possessed’ and often tortured and killed them.

            There is no good in religion. It’s about power and hatred of what they do not understand. Not love.

          • HeilMary1

            Forced birthers like my family love looking down on “sexual unworthies” like me, which is why they oppose Cinderella medical rehab for disabled women who have already been “ordered by God to practice lifelong chastity”. My stuck-up Harlequin romance-addicted sister and mom loved rubbing it in that God allowed them sex because they were good-looking enough to trap husbands and that I was their version of a D.U.F.F. (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). They needed me to stay ugly so they could feel blessed as natural beauty queens with no effort. A similar D.U.F.F. agenda is behind the Republican war on affordable health care for everyone else. Why how dare ordinary non-whites and communist Dems survive heart attacks and childbirth! How dare married non-whites and Dems engage in fun safe-sex! Only Republican brats are allowed premarital sex and spa abortions!

            It is important to call out and name their exquisitely evil baiting and switching, because if we don’t, the U.S. will become the Philippines of the Americas. We will all be living on garbage dumps, scrounging for food, while pedophile priests and Teabangenital playboys rape our best looking tots.

        • Valde

          Jennifer is defending you too :) over there at CNN

          • HeilMary1

            Yes! I just noticed! Goddess bless sisterhood!

          • Valde

            Sometimes I am afraid to venture off on my own and argue with anti-choicers.

            They are maddening, as they often choose to argue dishonestly, and they are also incredibly patronizing and condescending.

          • HeilMary1

            Their infuriating mockery is why I often lose it and start swinging with my verbal bats. Their false accusations and hypocrisy projection blaming and shaming are what I grew up with. My mom and sister played a constant gas lighting tag team of sabotage and insults. While I have given up on them, I often do venture into Catholic crazy land to battle unrelated fetal idolaters with inconvenient facts. I’ve been banned many times from those websites.

    • fiona64

      Well, see, it’s loving when you shoot a living, breathing, sapient physician.

      It’s murder when you terminate an embryo which is none of those things.

      /anti-choice “logic”

    • HeilMary1

      My anti-abortion family’s “love” sure felt like hate also. And my “loving” mom thought it was a hoot that my sister almost died in childbirth.

      • cjvg

        That is so disturbing on so many levels, i’m sorry you have to deal with that

        • HeilMary1

          I was stunned when mom told me this, but I couldn’t feel too sorry for my Tonya Harding-like sister because she usually colluded with mom to keep me from accessing plastic surgery. My sister even admitted she wanted me to stay disfigured so she would never suffer a moment of jealousy. She insisted over and over that plastic surgery was unnatural and that I should just accept my lot in life. Mom and sis did have one royal battle when mom snooped through her purse and discovered birth control pills. But then they remembered their overriding holy mission of keeping me an ugly spinster and quickly re-bonded.

          • cjvg

            It is not that your sister colluded with your mom, it is just wrong for your mother to express a sense of joy to you at the thought of one of her children dying.
            What little shred of illusion or hope you still had about her was effectively destroyed.
            Regardless of all, it is very hard for a child to lose all hope in their parent(s)

            As for plastic surgery, hell mutilating your helpless child is unnatural too, that did not stop her.
            You do what you need to, so theses people do not have the power to force you to think of them when you look in the mirror.

            I think you are probably prettier then you realize, but after your thorough indoctrination that started in early childhood you might have a understandably dysmorphic body image.

            Just stay far far away from them

          • HeilMary1

            Everything you wrote is so true! Life was so nightmarish that I often envied other disabled people whose disabilities were prettier than mine or whose loving families moved mountains to restore them medically. I even had vicious battles with mom over my right to take long hot steam showers that sweated out toxins and gently sloughed off ugly thick layers of decayed mummy skin. She wanted me to be as disgusting and scary as possible.

          • Jennifer Starr

            (((((((((((hugs)))))))) Mary.

          • cjvg

            I second Jennifer’s hugs!, here’s one more set ((((((hug)))))

  • cjvg

    Rick Santorum is a disgusting hypocrite who’s wife had a Medically Induced “birth” at 20 weeks gestation, for her “health”!
    You know, what is called an Abortion when other women need one, a choice he thinks other women or girls should never have.

    • fiona64

      Remember, when the anti-choice choose, it’s different … they *need* an abortion. Everyone else is just a dirty tramp who should have kept her legs shut.

      • cjvg

        Well that is exactly what I think they are, and not because they had an abortion.
        Mrs Karen Santorum had the gall to make the vile statement that no women ever needs a late term abortion for her physical or emotional health because of such trivial concerns as incest, fetus that is incompatible with life, rape or the life or health of the mother (!)
        She did this AFTER she had a “medically induced labor” AKA partial birth abortion, a procedure that was later outlawed as never needed with the help of such filth as the creature she calls her husband.

        • HeilMary1

          And let’s not forget that before hypocrite Karen hooked up with Rick, she was the mistress of and an employee of a much older abortion provider! She probably assisted in abortions and probably had official abortions herself when she was living with this guy. Don’t recall his name, but he was interviewed about her and he was baffled by her extreme change.

          • cjvg

            Wasn’t he married at the time?

          • Jennifer Starr

            I think he was, yes.

        • HeilMary1

          Then dashing 63-year-old Dr. Tom Allen even DELIVERED her 22 years earlier! He was divorced with 6 grown kids and didn’t want more kids with Karen, so they split.

  • Meami3

    “the face of the pro-life movement [is] people out there every day
    embracing women, whether they decide to have an abortion or not.”

    …wouldn’t that be supporting a woman’s right to choose? Ugh, the hypocrisy. “We’ll embrace you regardless of your decision, but we’ll make sure it’s impossible for you to choose abortion. Because love.”

    • HeilMary1

      My “loving” anti-contraception mom disfigured me not only as her own abstinence-only excuse but also to impose permanent abstinence on me. She was livid when she learned I was saving for “slutty” plastic surgery, and when I arrived at Haverford Hospital, my surgeon told the staff he was ready to sue my mom because she bullied every Pennsylvania official to revoke his license. How dare he “insult God” by transforming my fried red tomato face to semi-human female! Why spinster me might get a date afterwards! Sex-hating fetal idolaters relentlessly hate their designated village lepers/eunuch idiots and explode when those conscripted losers refuse to play along.

      • http://littlemisshaldol.tumblr.com/ LittleMissMellaril

        Can I ask how your plastic surgery has gone so far? Oh, and your, “mom,” sounds…lovely!

  • happyhedonist

    Great. It’s good to know that Santorum (who cares what he thinks?) values all human life so much that he’ll allow it to be born so he can figure out if it is male and therefore has human rights, or female, in which case the uterus has the right to remain in a constant state of gestation, and the life of the person attached to the uterus is otherwise expendable.

    • cjvg

      Wait, women are alive?
      Who knew!