Santorum’s ‘Pro-Life’ Propaganda


Former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s latest column at the Worldnutdaily is about the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade and the March for Life. Unsurprisingly, it contains some seriously slanted rhetoric on the subject.

After 40 years, the media owe it to the American public to tell the truth about the activists on both sides of the debate. For years they portrayed pro-choice activists as crusaders for women’s health and freedom and the pro-life movement as mountaintop moralizers with judges who are singularly focused on forcing women to do what they think is right without concern for the difficult circumstances far too many women are forced to confront.

It is true that pro-lifers stand outside of abortion clinics in hopes of talking and praying with expectant mothers about the consequences of the deadly decision they have made. In between conversations, they pray for those inside. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the concern for the mother and her child. In the past 20 years, there has been an explosion of free clinics started by people of faith that receive no government funds and provide supportive services to women before and after pregnancy. It’s not just about counseling and prayer; it’s also about clothing, diapers, wipes, toys and, in some cases, food and housing are provided to mothers and their babies.

But most of all, these clinics are about unconditional love. All over the country, pro-life activists are there for the unborn child and her mother, not to mention support for the fathers who are on hand. Unconditional love means that these pregnancy centers are not just there for mothers and their children, they are there to love, counsel and support even the mothers who have taken the life of their child through abortion.

Notice what he didn’t mention? Medical care. These “crisis pregnancy centers” aren’t clinics; clinics provide medical care. They’re just places where anti-abortion folks fool women into thinking they’re going to a clinic so they can harangue them.

Contrast that with the abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood that receive significant government funding. They provide counseling to encourage abortion, which they then provide for a profit. They refuse to help women who choose life and make money on those who choose death. It isn’t about health and freedom, and it certainly isn’t about love.

It’s not supposed to be about love. They’re clinics, not Leo Buscaglia’s house. And no, they don’t refuse to help women who don’t want an abortion; in fact, they provide pre-natal care to women, usually at reduced rates. Like at their clinics in Southeastern Virginia, which provides the following:

Our prenatal program includes:

  • An initial visit where a full prenatal lab profile is done
  • Follow-up visits each month for the first 7 months
  • Visits every 2 weeks during the 8th month
  • Visits weekly until the delivery of your baby
  • An ultrasound, performed to document the normal development of your baby, usually between the 18th and 20th week of pregnancy
  • Additional or repeat studies performed as needed

They also provide breast exams, pap tests and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, all of which protect the health of the mother and their child, and much more. None of that is available at “pro-life” “clinics.”

Comments

  1. glodson says

    How quickly can we make Santorum totally irrelevant? I hope he already is, but I fear he isn’t.

  2. says

    is this supposedly moral person lying outright; is he pretending to know what goes on at PP when he doesn’t, thus lying by omission; or is he just delusional? Of course, it doesn’t matter much beyond idle curiosity. Any one of them disqualifies him for any position of trust.

  3. oranje says

    They’re so convinced that blastocysts are babies, they condone lying because they view it better than “murder.” I want them to just cut to the chase: they think souls go into place at conception, thus they view it as murder. It’s a religious argument that no one will call a religious argument. A much larger ID approach.

  4. doublereed says

    I used to hate Santorum, but the fact is that he’s a pansy. He’s a loser. He’s a wuss. He’s a chickenhawk without the hawk.

    When he gets called out on his bigotry and misogyny, he shrinks faster than a frightened turtle. He talks about how hurt he is that his church is labeled as ‘bigoted,’ and he’s just doing what his church says. The man is pathetic.

    Honestly, I’m not quite sure what he’s doing in politics.

  5. slc1 says

    Re oranje @ #3

    If a soul is implanted at conception, then god is the worlds greatest abortionist as more then 50% of conceived fetuses fail to implant and are spontaneously aborted.

  6. oranje says

    @slc1: Now you’re using that book-learning and science stuff. We can’t trust that. It comes from elitists and experts.

  7. raven says

    Honestly, I’m not quite sure what he’s doing in politics.

    He makes a million dollars or so a year as a lobbyist in Washington DC.

    If nothing else, it is money. Lots of money.

    And what else could he do anyway? My cat has far more brains and talent than he does.

    Satanorum can always be counted on to leave a paper trail behind him documenting his complete intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

  8. John Kruger says

    I would be interested to see what evidence he has that suggests PP encourages abortions and profits by providing them.

    Of course, real evidence is always the last thing this crowd ever wants to talk about.

  9. dugglebogey says

    Like Dennis Miller used to say before he went batshit crazy, “They care about the unborn, but couldn’t give less of a shit about the born.”

  10. cptdoom says

    …the pro-life movement as mountaintop moralizers with judges who are singularly focused on forcing women to do what they think is right without concern for the difficult circumstances far too many women are forced to confront.

    Sounds about right to me. After all, the entire anti-woman movement seems to believe that pregnancies are automatically fine and perfect until some selfish whore decides to murder her child. It never seems to occur to them that pregnancy involves massive physical, psychological and emotional stresses that can literally be fatal for a woman – even if she wants to be pregnant and a mother. That’s always been why I support reproductive freedom – the best doctors cannot predict exactly which women will face significant complications or threats to their health/life, so every woman is taking a huge risk when she gets pregnant. I don’t believe you can force someone to take those risks if the pregnancy is unintended.

  11. says

    These “crisis pregnancy centers” aren’t clinics; clinics provide medical care

    Tell me about it. I see ads for them on the NYC subways. They tout FREE abortion alternatives! FREE pregnancy tests! FREE ultrasounds!

    Yeah, a lot of good that does a teenage girl whose sperm donor boyfriend dumped her, and who has no education or marketable skills to be able to make a living to support the baby these anti-choicers want to force her to have.

    And these same “right to life” politicians will often oppose environmental regulations that can save lives or improve the health of Americans because it’s government meddling with free enterprise.

  12. says

    I went to one of those not-a-clinics once. Not because I was pregnant but because I wanted to see how much they would lie.

    They lied a lot.

    Especially striking was when the lady pulled out the little rubber babies – from 1/8 inches up to, oh, about 4 inches long – to demonstrate what embryoes supposedly look like.

    Apparently they look like tiny, tiny neonates. Go figure.

  13. stever says

    A question I’ve never seen a religiot answer: Are souls divisible? If “ensoulment” occurs at fertilization, what happens when a zygote splits to produce monozygotic twins? Is one twin left without a soul? That belief is still held in parts of Africa, where one of every pair of twins is assumed to be a demon. They call the local shaman to decide which is the real child and which needs to be killed.

    There is probably a document in the Vatican Archives giving some Pope’s ex cathedra answer, but I’ve never seen any mention of it.

  14. Jim Satterfield says

    I was the IT person for a Planned Parenthood affiliate in the early ’90s. They do not profit off of anything. The biggest part of the process of budgeting for the upcoming year consisted of figuring out the absolute lowest amount that can be charged for any given service and what the sliding fee scale will be. None of what Santorum or his ilk claim about PP is true. They ticked me off then (When they assumed that I was a doctor since I was a man working there.) and they still tick me off.

  15. says

    @ Raven:

    I think he pretty much nails it as to Santorum’s motivation.

    When Santorum is standing on some street corner with a bullhorn, then I’ll feel sorry for him. At the moment (and I expect for the definite future) I’ll just despise him for being such a lying fuckbag.

  16. scienceavenger says

    It is true that pro-lifers stand outside of abortion clinics in hopes of talking and praying with expectant mothers about the consequences of the deadly decision they have made. In between conversations, they pray for those inside. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the concern for the mother and her child.

    Tip of the iceberg? All you’ve done is flap your yap and think happy thoughts. A mother and child need far FAR more than that.

    Say all you want about Michelle Bachmann (and I’ve said plenty), but at least she walks the walk with all her adoptions and fosters. If all pro-lifers were like her it’d be a better world. Santorum and his ilk are just posers pretending to do something. Sort of like his run for president.

  17. says

    The shallow, no class, vulgarity of the willfully misinformed minds that have previously posted here demonstrate moral desperation. If your attention span can handle it, read Abby Johnson’s book for starters, provided you really want to know the sort of monstrously evil duplicity performed at Planned Parenthood “clinics” (killing chambers).

  18. Michael Heath says

    James Haraldson writes:

    The shallow, no class, vulgarity of the willfully misinformed minds that have previously posted here demonstrate moral desperation.

    Before you hurl invectives, you first need to establish that which you assert is true. Here you don’t even try, a failure in character and honesty.

    James Haraldson writes:

    If your attention span can handle it, read Abby Johnson’s book for starters, provided you really want to know the sort of monstrously evil duplicity performed at Planned Parenthood “clinics” (killing chambers).

    Ms. Johnson was unable to provide any evidence of her assertions, while Planned Parenthood’s records contradict her claims. Cite: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/convert?fullpage=1.

    We’re used to those on the right not having a cogent argument to defend their positions, and so they just make shit up. So your behavior here, while reprehensible, is par for your tribe.

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