Flip-Flopping? Karen Santorum's Longtime Ex-Boyfriend Was an Abortion Provider

 Rick Santorum's career has been largely defined by Letters to Gabriel, the book about his wife Karen's miscarriage, and their vehement stance against abortion. But Newsweek has discovered that Karen Santorum wasn't always so staunchly anti-choice:

...her live-in partner through most of her 20s was Tom Allen, a Pittsburgh obstetrician and abortion provider 40 years older than she, who remains an outspoken crusader for reproductive rights and liberal ideals. Dr. Allen has known Mrs. Santorum, born Karen Garver, her entire life: he delivered her in 1960.

“Karen was a lovely girl, very intelligent and sweet,” says Allen, who at 92 uses a walker but retains a sly smile. A wine aficionado who frequented the Pittsburgh Symphony and was active in the local chapter of the ACLU, he lives with his wife of 16 years, Judi—they started dating in 1989, soon after he and Garver split—in the same large detached row house where he lived with the woman who would become Santorum’s wife. 

Garver says that he and Karen "never really discussed" his occupation, and that she had "no problems" with it. Newsweek has a full account of the relationship, but obviously his job is the juiciest tidbit—and apparently the Santorum campaign did not respond to requests for comment. Read the whole piece here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 16, 2012, 5:59am

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