Santorum, new GOP frontrunner, thinks rape babies are stlll God’s gift

Somebody better start listening to what’s coming from the mouth of Rick Santorum.  Listening closely.

For one thing, Santorum is quickly emerging as the frontrunner of the GOP sweepstakes for a presidential candidate.  Following his victories in the Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri contests last week, a Rasmussen poll now shows him leading Mitt Romney in the run-up to the Feb. 28 primary in Michigan, where Romney’s father was once governor.  He’s leading in new national polls, too.

For another, on social policies Santorum is somewhere to the right of the breakdown lane on most highways. I mean really out there.

In a video-recorded interview last fall with an evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts, he called contraception, “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Hmm. Like engage in protected sex?

Santorum does not believe women should abort a fetus even if raped. And last week he told Piers Morgan of CNN that he’d counsel his own daughters to keep a fetus to term in just such a situation.

“As horrible as the way that that daughter or son was created it will still be her child,” he said.

Then, when pressed, he suggested that such babies should be considered gifts from God. (“The right approach,” he continued, “is to accept this horribly created in the sense of rape, gift … the gift of life.”)

I’m looking for the original interview link. But until I find it, here’s a report in the San Francisco Chronicle with the clip.

I’ll grant this. Santorum has an eager, somewhat mild-mannered Boy Scout style that appears to hold appeal to Republicans tired of Newt Gingrich’s perpetual pomposity or Mitt Romney’s tight CEO smile and out-of-touch ethos.

The trouble is his words. If he ends in the White House, will we soon find condoms off pharmacy shelves and coat hangars as women’s only alternative to even the most horrific pregnancies?

Seems far-fetched. But if the economy turns downward again, the GOP could nominate a porcupine and possibly win. At least porcupines don’t use birth control.

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About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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