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Senator Santorum and the CSPAN Miracle
National Review | June 3, 2003 | Kathryn Jean Lopez

Posted on 06/04/2003 7:08:48 AM PDT by hardhead

Senator Santorum and the CSPAN Miracle by Kathryn Jean Lopez

[Pro-Life Infonet Note: Kathryn Jean Lopez is the executive editor of National Review Online.]

On Friday night, Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (R.) and his wife, Karen Garver Santorum, received an award from the Sisters of Life, the order of religious sisters founded by the late John Cardinal O'Connor in 1991. The Sisters were established, according to the late cardinal archbishop of New York, to "restore to all society a sense of the sacredness of human life."

The John Cardinal O'Connor Award was given to the Santorums in recognition of "the courage, nobility, and love with which they live their vocation to marriage and family life," Mother Agnes Mary, the superior general (a former professor at the Teacher's College at Columbia University) of the Sisters of Life said. "They have publicly witnessed to a private suffering shared by many families throughout the world." In 1998, Mrs. Santorum published Letters to Gabriel, a memoir of her pregnancy and the 20-week life of their fourth child, Gabriel Michael Santorum. Gabriel was born prematurely and died two hours after being delivered.

After a few weeks under an extra-hot spotlight, following comments made to an Associated Press reporter (who just happened to be married to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's campaign manager) about homosexuality and other lightening rods, the senator obviously appreciated the warm, familiar audience of mostly Northeast Corridor Catholics on Friday night. To the receptive audience, most, if not all, genuine pro-life advocates especially the sisters, who as the senator noted with awe, are the face of love, a face the anti-abortion movement needs to be constantly and consistently and forthrightly dedicated to the senator recounted the story of what was considered a legislative loss, but wound up a true win for human life.

It's a story he has told a few times now most recently at his commencement addresses this year at St. Joseph's University and Christendom College but that not enough people have heard. It's a reminder that the fight is often worth the effort, even when you technically lose in the eyes of most of the world and you may not always know the fruits of your work, either.

Here's the story, as Santorum tells it; he was fortunate enough to find out how he won during what would have otherwise been considered a legislative defeat:

In 1998, I was on the floor of the United States Senate debating the override of the president's veto of the partial-birth-abortion bill. The next morning was to be the vote. We did not have the votes to override the president's veto. The debate had ended that night, it was eight o'clock. The Senate was wrapping up, but there was something inside me that felt that I had to say more, even though there was no one left in the chamber besides the presiding officers. I went back in the cloakroom and called my wife. She picked up the phone and we have six little children and they are all seemingly at once crying in the background, and I said, "Karen, the vote's tomorrow. We are not going to win and everybody's gone. But something tells me I need to say more." And through the din of the children crying, she said, "well, of course, if that's what you need to do, do it."

So I went to the presiding officer and said, "I'll only be a few minutes, I don't want to keep you late." Over an hour and a half later, I finished my talk.

And we finished up the Senate and closed it down, and the next day the vote came, [and] not one vote changed. But five days later, I got an e-mail from a young man at Michigan State University. And this is what the e-mail said: "Senator, on Thursday night I was watching television with my girlfriend. We were flipping through the channels and we saw you standing there on the floor of the United States Senate with a picture of a baby next to you. And so we listened for a while and the more we listened the more we got interested in what you were saying. After a while I looked down at my girlfriend, and she had tears running down her face. And I asked her what was wrong, and she looked up at me and said, 'I'm pregnant, and tomorrow I was going to have an abortion, and I wasn't going to tell you, but I'm not going to have an abortion now.' "

In April of that year, a little girl was born and given up for adoption. She is four years old today. Now according to the world, when I spoke on the floor of the Senate that night, I had failed. I did not succeed. But God gave me a gift that many of you as you stand and fight the causes that you believe in may never get, He gave me the gift of knowing that faithfulness to what you believe in can lead to wonderful acts and wonderful miracles.

The Lord works in mysterious ways even through C-SPAN.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; baby; christendomcollege; lonewolf; miracle; prolife; sacred; santorum; senate; sorrow; stjosephs; stjosephsu; wildernessvoice
Wow! Powerful testimony to the sanctity of life.
1 posted on 06/04/2003 7:08:48 AM PDT by hardhead
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To: hardhead
Wow is right. I need to read something like this. Thanks for posting it.
2 posted on 06/04/2003 7:14:22 AM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: hardhead
awesome! Let's hope the Lord will work more miracles today. CSPAN is broadcasting the partial birth abortion debate at 1pm today.
3 posted on 06/04/2003 7:17:11 AM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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To: hardhead
That brought tears. God Bless him.
4 posted on 06/04/2003 7:22:53 AM PDT by netmilsmom (God Bless our President, those with him & our troops)
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To: hardhead
Amen
5 posted on 06/04/2003 7:42:49 AM PDT by PaxMacian (Gen 1:29)
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To: hardhead
But God gave me a gift that many of you as you stand and fight the causes that you believe in may never get, He gave me the gift of knowing that faithfulness to what you believe in can lead to wonderful acts and wonderful miracles.

Congratulations to my senator.

6 posted on 06/04/2003 8:51:26 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thank you Senator Rick Santorum ,my Senator from Pa.bump
7 posted on 06/04/2003 9:35:35 AM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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To: fatima
Thank you Senator Rick Santorum ,my Senator from Pa.bump
Senator Santorum is one of the greatest!
8 posted on 06/04/2003 9:43:08 AM PDT by wjcsux
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To: wjcsux
wjcsux,You are right,he is one of the greatest.
9 posted on 06/04/2003 9:55:52 AM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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To: Steve0113
Now we know why he made that speech a couple of months ago, even though the Senate was empty.
10 posted on 06/04/2003 9:59:37 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: All
I guess I should clarify my last post for everyone else - a couple of months ago, Sen. Santorum made an impassioned speech against abortion in an empty Senate house. Steve and I watched it, and wondered at first why he didn't just have it read into the Congressional Record. As he continued to speak, we realized that he cared so passionately about the issue that he wanted to speak, not just write. I hadn't realized there had been actual results from a similar speech years ago until this article.
11 posted on 06/04/2003 10:12:42 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: hardhead; xsmommy
One heck of a Seantor in PA.
12 posted on 06/04/2003 10:21:07 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (memo to Klintons: go away already!)
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To: nina0113
Although this is off the subject of Rick Santorum, there was another passionate person who was forced (cheated) out of office - Bob Dornan. I often watched Bob talking late into the night about life, about morals, and most especially, about POWs/MIAs. Although we television viewers saw empty chambers, there was ONE who was listening very intently. God bless these men.
13 posted on 06/04/2003 10:22:01 AM PDT by hardhead ("Curly, don't say its a fine morning or I'll shoot you." - John Wayne, 'McLintock' 1963)
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To: hardhead
Thank you so much for posting this. I was going to post it but see it's already here. It made me cry. Thanks again.
14 posted on 06/04/2003 10:22:04 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: dubyaismypresident
that is a wonderful story, thanks for pinging me. i knew about his passionate prolife stance, but not the speech to the empty chamber.
15 posted on 06/04/2003 10:24:17 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: EODGUY; hobbes1
Sen. Santorum ping.
16 posted on 06/04/2003 10:26:46 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: hardhead
This story also illustrates why counselling, waiting periods, and parental consent laws are important. Many women have abortions without telling anyone that they wouldn't have otherwise.
17 posted on 06/04/2003 11:01:15 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: hardhead
I'm proud to be represented by this man!
18 posted on 06/04/2003 11:24:38 AM PDT by pubmom (A person whose sister had a house fall on them should carefully watch the skies for rain clouds.)
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To: xsmommy
I can only pray that God has or will guide me to make such a spectacular contribution to humanity as he did the Honorable Senator Santorum.

Thanks for alerting me to this thread, XS.


God bless,

EODGUY
19 posted on 06/04/2003 3:43:45 PM PDT by EODGUY
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To: fatima
Thank you Senator Rick Santorum, my Senator from Pa.bump

A Santorum bump back to you...

20 posted on 06/04/2003 6:27:41 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Senator Rick Santorum,I am by your side.
21 posted on 06/04/2003 9:45:10 PM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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