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Rick Santorum, the Unborn Deserve Better from You [Catholic Caucus]
Catholic Lane ^ | 06/12/11 | Mary Kochan

Posted on 06/12/2011 7:19:20 PM PDT by Mary Kochan

In case you missed Meet the Press Sunday morning:

Blah, blah, blah, job growth... unemployment numbers. Blah, blah, blah, recession... debt reduction. Blah, blah, blah recovery... tax credits. Blah, blah, blah health care... social security. Blah, blah, blah, Democrats... Republicans. Blah.

And so it went up to the interview with Rick Santorum and through the first 12 minutes and 41 seconds of his appearance, when David Gregory finally got around to asking about something vital, critical, pivotal – the number one make or break issue for any candidate, the single most important issue facing our country, an issue important in the way that the consignment of Jews to gas chambers was important to Nazi Germany.

Gregory: One more question on abortion, an issue you care deeply about. I, I want to be clear on this. Do you believe that there should be any legal exceptions for rape or incest when it comes to abortion?

There’s the pitch. Santorum could have hit it right out of the park. And there wasn’t any reason not to. The format was going to actually allow him time to answer (I mean, how often does that happen?) so he wasn’t under the pressure of having to give a 5-second response. He was not under any obligation to stay within the frame Gregory put on the issue and I’m sorry, but at this point in his career, with his experience, there is simply no excuse for him falling into liberal rhetorical traps on national television. The first trap was in Gregory’s insertion of “you believe” into the question. It was like he programmed Rick Santorum, so that once Santorum started answering, he could not get away from saying “I believe,” even gratuitously adding at one point that he was just giving his “opinion.”

Santorum: I believe that life begins at conception, and that that life should be cut--should be guaranteed under the Constitution. That is a person, in my opinion.

Gregory: So even in a case of rape or incest, that would be taking a life?

Santorum: That would be taking a life, and, and I believe that, that any doctor who performs an abortion--that--I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so. I don't--I've never supported criminalization of abortion for mothers, but I do for people who perform them. I believe that life is sacred. It's one of those things in the Declaration of Independence. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and the first is life. And I believe that that life should be protected at the moment it is a human life. And at conception it is biologically human, and it's alive. It's a human life, it should be a person under the Constitution.

Let’s avert our eyes from this embarrassing performance a moment to discuss why “I believe” is falling into a trap:

1. Your personal beliefs, if that is all they are, are not the stuff upon which to ask other men to depend. They are not the stuff upon which to base law, or leadership, or morality, because asserting a belief does not provide a basis for it, does not indicate why you believe it or why anyone else should.

2. Your personal beliefs, in so far as that is what they are, are no more valid than the personal beliefs of anyone else. There is no warrant to ask others to conform their own beliefs or actions to them. Listeners will merely shrug and think, “So what. Who cares what he believes? He has no business trying to control my life with his beliefs.”

3. “You/I believe” is a kind of code that tells the Left-trained media-lapping public that what comes next is a religious statement. The unspoken part of the phrase is “as a Catholic.” The point is that every time Rick Santorum said, “I believe”, he might just a well have said, “As a Catholic, I believe....” It signals irrelevance, like holding up a sign telling everyone in the audience, “Ignore the sectarian ramblings to follow.” And that of course is the Left’s intended effect. The second trap Gregory set was in stating his question in such a way as to move the sympathy of the audience to the victim of the rape or incest and to negate the very real existence of an innocent third party – the unborn baby. Santorum should have made that unborn baby at least as real to his listeners as Gregory was making the victims of rape and incest by his question.

Santorum could have leaned forward; he could have looked animated; he could have spoken with a passion welling up from heartfelt recognition that lives depend upon the words I next utter and he could have said things like this:

David, we have thousands of citizens in this country who were conceived by rape or incest. They are valuable human beings who did not deserve to be punished for the crimes of their fathers. Do you think we should be sending the message to them that they should not exist – that they are worthless garbage because of how they were conceived?


David, in 1977, in the case of Coker v. Georgia, the Supreme Court decided it was cruel and unusual punishment to administer the death penalty for rape. If it is cruel and unusual punishment to kill the perpetrator of the rape, how can it be anything other than cruel and a horrible injustice to take the life of the innocent baby conceived by rape or incest through no fault of its own?


David, feminists have correctly pointed out for many years that rape is about more than just sex – it is about abuse of power. In rape, a man uses his superior physical strength – that he should be using to protect women – to violently overpower a woman. We should not be sending a pregnant woman who has been raped the message that we expect her now to turn around and use her superior power over her unborn baby to take his or her life instead of protecting and nurturing that baby. She and the baby are both victims of the rapist and we should love seek healing for them both.


David, nothing has empowered and sheltered those who commit rape and incest more than the practices of Planned Parenthood. Girls who have been victims of incest need protection, not an abortion that covers up the evidence of the crime and returns them for more abuse. And it is simply a myth that what women who have been raped want is to take the life of their innocent babies. What they want is healing and for justice to be done. How is it just to take the life of an innocent baby for these terrible crimes? How does another act of violence heal anything? You see if Rick Santorum would have passionately answered along these lines, he would have avoided the traps set for him by Gregory. Moreover, he would have been properly speaking as a Catholic in the public square. Saying “I believe” is quite contrary to the way the Church tells us Catholics we ought to address ourselves to our fellow citizens, especially on life issues. Instead of talking about what I/we believe, we should be talking about what we – meaning us and our neighbors, religious or otherwise -- know.

We know that the unborn baby is a separate human person from the mother and the father. We know that the right to life is the first right, without which no other rights make any sense. We know that one of the express purposes for the existence of our government is to protect that right. We know that law and might do not make right, but that law must be based on the truth of the dignity of the human person. We know that innocent children should not be punished for the crimes of their fathers. We know these things and we should state what we know clearly, without hesitancy, without shrinking back and looking vaguely discomforted by the topic. And so should Rick Santorum, already.

(© 2011 Mary Kochan)

TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholicpolitician; meetthepress; ricksantorum
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1 posted on 06/12/2011 7:19:29 PM PDT by Mary Kochan
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To: Mary Kochan

When you show me a Credible Republican Challenger to President Barrack “Babykiller” Obama, with a stronger Pro Life Record than Senator Santorum, I might take your criticim seriously.

2 posted on 06/12/2011 7:37:25 PM PDT by tort_feasor ( - Tommorrow's News, Today)
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Your logic doesn’t follow. Even if he is the strongest, that wouldn’t mean there was no room for improvement. And his performance today was pitiful for the reasons that I thoroughly explain. If you don’t think this is serious criticism, then I don’t know what you would consider serious.

3 posted on 06/12/2011 7:43:21 PM PDT by Mary Kochan (
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To: tort_feasor; Mary Kochan
I agree with you both. I love Rick's pro-life stand, no equivocation what so ever. I also believe that anyone can improve how they present their stand on any issue.

Mary brings up some interesting and powerful ways of responding to a question of the sort asked of Mr. Santorum.

4 posted on 06/12/2011 7:43:40 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: tort_feasor

Say a prayer that Cong. Thad McCotter decides to announce for the Presidency. 100% Pro Life rating. The only Conservative Republican who can articulate the needed message to defeat Pres. Obama soundly.

5 posted on 06/12/2011 7:48:27 PM PDT by cumbo78
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To: Mary Kochan

**Rick Santorum, the Unborn Deserve Better from You**

President Reagan thought so too.

6 posted on 06/12/2011 7:54:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mary Kochan
"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."

~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980

7 posted on 06/12/2011 7:55:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: tort_feasor

Santorum is as pro life as a politician gets and I admire him for that. I campaigned for him back when he was running for PA senate. A truly good man.

8 posted on 06/12/2011 8:01:42 PM PDT by Twink
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To: Twink

I haven’t followed him but do recall seeing some negative comments about him in the past. I don’t recall what they were though, I prefer to do my own research and come to my own conclusions. That being said, I heard him on Rush last week and I have to say, I like what I heard.

9 posted on 06/12/2011 8:11:03 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: Salvation

Rick Santorum lives his faith. He may not be a perfect republican candidate for anything or a perfect human being. None of us are. The man lives his faith and I respect him. The trashing of him on this forum, in this thread, is ridiculous.


10 posted on 06/12/2011 8:11:31 PM PDT by Twink
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To: Mary Kochan
Santorum, the endorser of abortionist Arlen Spector, waffles. And you are surprised? why?
12 posted on 06/12/2011 8:19:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: liberalh8ter

I doubt he will ever hold office again. Or rather, be elected to office again. The libs have made sure he’s been marginalized and the so called conservatives helped.

He may not answer questions correctly (to some) but the man has lived his beliefs and I’m not sure anything else matters.

13 posted on 06/12/2011 8:21:27 PM PDT by Twink
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To: hinckley buzzard

His biggest mistake, endorsing Arlen Spector. Does that mean his entire personal life doesn’t matter and his political life is screwed? Palin endorsed McCain. He chose her for his VP. Is there no leeway here at all?

Do we really want 100% purity? Cos I doubt we will ever get that. I’m not sure I even think that’s a good thing.

Say what you will about Santorum but don’t ever trash his pro life stance and his personal life. He and his wife live their faith. A whole lot more than I do or any person I’ve interacted with on this site.

14 posted on 06/12/2011 8:32:56 PM PDT by Twink
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It’s been deleted and even if it weren’t I wouldn’t apologize for it.

I forgot this was the “religion” forum and only certain posters get away with stuff ;)

Again, take me off the ping list.

18 posted on 06/12/2011 8:51:54 PM PDT by Twink
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To: Twink
All Religion Forum posts that use potty language or references to potty language are automatically removed.
19 posted on 06/12/2011 8:55:02 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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