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Santorum: Pregnant Rape Victims Should "Make the Best" of It As GOP Anti-Choice Insanity Ramps Up

 
 
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Perhaps you missed this little gem from GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, perhaps one of the most aggressively anti-choice candidates ever to run for such a high office. Despite this reputation, he still managed to shock people with this rather callous response to the question on his position that abortion should be illegal in cases of rape or incest (emphases mine). From the CNN transcript:

MORGAN: But do you really -- do you really -- let me ask you this. Do you really believe, in every case, it should be totally wrong, in the sense that -- I know that you believe, even in cases of rape and incest -- and you've got two daughters. You know, if you have a daughter that came to you who had been raped.

SANTORUM: Yes.

MORGAN: And was pregnant and was begging you to let her have an abortion, would you really be able to look her in the eye and say, no, as her father?

SANTORUM: I would do what every father must do, is to try to counsel your daughter to do the right thing....

MORGAN: And they are looking at their daughter ,saying, how can I deal with this, because if I make her have this baby, isn't it going to just ruin her life?

SANTORUM: Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn't have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn't, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I've always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created -- in the sense of rape -- but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. 

As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can't think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.

The video of this exchange is below,thanks to ThinkProgress.

But Santorum isn't the only candidate trying to prove his forced-birth bona fides.

Last night, Rachel Maddow had an important segment--and an interview with former Rep. Alan Grayson--about how the GOP race in Florida is turning into the "anti-abortion primary." 

 

Maddow:

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Santorum:

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 24, 2012, 7:03am