Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Very Bad Situation

If you thought that Rick Santorum couldn’t be any more lunatic fringed, notice his response to the question about abortions for rape victims.

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.

“Make the best out of a bad situation”? Are you kidding me?

Melissa says it best:

As always, I do dearly love (read: detest with the fiery passion of 10,000 suns) the fact that Rick Santorum is so catastrophically incapable of self-reflection that he is able to acknowledge that rape (forcing a woman to do something with her body she doesn’t want to do) is a Terrible Thing, while simultaneously asserting that the denial of abortion (forcing a woman to do something with her body she doesn’t want to do) is a Moral Imperative.

I’m really hard-pressed to see why I should be any less contemptuous of a man who sits at a big mahogany desk in Washington making decisions about my body without my consent than I should be of a man who used physical force to make decisions about my body without my consent.

Anti-choice advocates have said that women shouldn’t be allowed to make a choice to have an abortion because if they were, they would do it without much more forethought than they would about getting their hair done: you know how women are. And yet here is Mr. Santorum, the most virulent “pro-life” candidate out there, making light of the fact that if someone gets raped, well, hey, when life hands you lemons, babe, just suck it up because the Baby Jesus wants you to make the best of a bad situation.

That’s about the most anti-life view I can imagine.