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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Former U.S. senator and 2012 GOP presidential nominee also-ran Rick Santorum appeared in Austin, Texas on Thursday in support of Senate Bill 1, the controversial set of abortion restrictions famously filibustered by State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) last month.

“What they’re doing here today is simply human decency. Human decency for the little child in the womb,” said Santorum after visiting the Senate floor to encourage lawmakers to vote for the bill.

Santorum currently leads a group called Patriot Voices and is the CEO of a “faith-based” film studio. He opposes abortions in all cases and once suggested that rape victims who become pregnant should “make the best out of a bad situation.”

Texas’ Senate is set to vote on SB 1 Friday afternoon and Santorum’s visit demonstrates how important the bill has become to the anti-abortion rights movement.

In addition to banning abortions after the 20th week, even in cases of rape and incest, SB1 adds regulations on clinics and physicians who provide abortion services. Similar restrictions have been recently signed into law in Wisconsin and Ohio and are being considered in North Carolina.

MaddowBlog put together this map, which illustrates how the law would close most of Texas’ 42 clinics that offer abortion services, disproportionately affecting poor and rural women.

ClinicMaps

When presenting the GOP “autopsy” of the 2012 election, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said, “It all goes back to what our moms used to tell us: It’s not just what we say; it’s how we say it.”

It appears the Texas GOP wants to say it with Santorum.

  • andrew

    Mr. Santorum,
    Have you asked Mr. Perry about his sister?

  • lkreu

    But it was okay for HIS wife to have an abortion-because he claims that “was different”. WTF

    • latebloomingrandma

      Yes–from what I understand he is against abortion for all reasons. Yet his wife, who was 20 weeks pregnant and very ill, had “induced labor” so she wouldn’t die, knowing the baby would not live long. Remember, this is the 20 week fetus they took home for the other children to bond with. Just how does he self-righteously justify making alternate decisions for other people who are none of his business?

      • lkreu

        My point exactly. He actually said when asked about it “oh ours was different” really, rick?

      • Joseph Squerciati

        To my way of thinking making those other kids look at the fetus constitutes child abuse

    • Fern Woodfork

      As Rick Santorum Said” We Will Never Have The Smart People On Our Side” What That Tell You!! Duh

  • SibyllasStuff

    I just don’t “get” these chauvenistic RINO’s out there. What do they have against women?

  • jmprint

    MADCOW GOP legislation at it’s best. They are not intelligent enough to work with economics so they concentrate on the unborn. And then they praise themselves for bringing hurt to a whole bunch of women. While Rove and Norquest are pulling the strings of these puppets, and laughing all the way to the bank. They disguise themselves as wanting to help women, well with friends like that who needs enemies.

  • johninPCFL

    I notice he still doesn’t answer the question about the rapist’s parental rights. Does he get visitation? Does the sperm recipient have to take the child to prison for visitation? What happens when the rapist sues for custody?
    Why doesn’t the ALEC legislation address any of these issues? Maybe the GOP only cares while the fetus is in the womb. After birth, they have washed their hands of the matter.

    • SibyllasStuff

      Yesterday I saw a video which addressed the GOP governor in Ohio that was tacked on to the budget bill. It does go a bit over the top, but at the end, when the woman who has had to go through so many “hoops” BEFORE she is “allowed” to have an abortion says, I give up. I’ll have the baby.

      When she presents herself with a baby, she’s told ” lady, you’re on your own.

      Sounds like these RINO’s notice they are all older white folk and the lady in the yellow dress keeps looking at the camera man. If Rove has anything to do with it I’m not surprised. In a lecture I heard some months ago, he spoke of his parents when he told them about studying politics in college. There was some reference about his mother being too ignorant to understand politics – laugh, laugh What a creep.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        These GOP bull males know how to make babies…they just don’t want to know how to raise them for the next 20 years. These are sexually adolescent men who overlook that as adults even fun has a price tag.

    • Bobmonroe3

      Rick Santorum spent a lot of time pondering over what was going inside a gay guy’s ass and now he’s centering on a woman’s womb.

      • RobertCHastings

        I think he is much more interested in one than in the other.

    • Eleanore Whitaker

      They aren’t Pro-Life…The are Pro Enforced Birth. After all, how can Big Oil and the Big Military Industrialists profit when there aren’t more children drilling rigs in our backyards or be kept in endless wars?

    • HarrietM

      Rapists have visitation rights in a majority of our states. These monsters do not care about people. They care only for their own political goals and their pockets. Women and the men who actually do care about them are on their own until there is a change in regime.

  • Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    Under what rocks do the GOP continue to find these crazies?

  • Julieann Wozniak

    While Pope Francis is preaching tolerance, respect, and charity for the poor, Mr. Santorum is pining for the twelfth century, when the Holy Office of Inquisition arbitrarily burned heretics at the stake, and women, serfs,Jews, and Muslims had no equal footing in Christian society. He’s an embarrassment to my Church and us Pennsylvanians. And I am getting tired of the Tea Party clown show.

    • RobertCHastings

      And the Catholic Church has not changed that much in the intervening 800 years, in spite of emerging scholarship that unequivocally proves the Holy Church is wrong about a lot of things, let alone being complicit in ongoing child abuse and covering up their role in the Holocaust.

  • hjs3

    Must be a get together of the undetectable…

  • jakenhyde

    Who would believe anything that a guy who went to bed with a dead fetus might say? This guy is crackers and has been since he was born.

    He’s the poster child for why abortion should be legal.

  • Kurt CPI

    I have to take a step back in regard to how little regard most (all?) of the posters here have for our American political process. It doesn’t matter if someone’s sister had an abortion – from a representative standpoint. What matters is that elected officials represent the position of the voters who elected them. It’s fine for us to disagree with the premise of the issue, but it would be an abuse of power for elected people to take positions contrary to those of the majority of their constituents. As a voter, I have every right to petition my congressman, senator, governor along with my fellow voters to convince them that my position represents the majority. If the voters on the other side of the issue make a stronger showing, it is required of their representatives to vote in proxy for that majority. This is the American way.

    • deschilling

      Well, we are getting ready to find out who really supports these idiotss! The Republican party is about to become totally irrelevant… they didn’t learn a darned thing during the Presidential election! Slow learners or maybe not even capable of learning???

    • RobertCHastings

      It is nice to see someone who still follows his ideals, or who even HAS ideals. Unfortunately, your ideals do not fit the current political and social situation. 90% of those recently polled regarding universal background checks supported them, and yet THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES did not act on the wishes of that SUPER majority., even though the bill offered for consideration would have essentially been a win for the Tea Party. By the time you have petitioned you representative, the opportunity will have passed, and many more will have been harmed by your representative’s inappropriate and insupportable actions. You profess political ideals, but fail to understand how inapplicable they are in today’s world.

      • Kurt CPI

        I must concede that the republic to which our forefathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and there sacred honor is but a shadow of its original concept. This is to my point. If a representative votes their own agenda and people (in this forum, for example), happen to agree with the vote – even though they know it goes against everything that representative was elected to do – they’re completely happy with the outcome when indeed they should be outraged by the blatant misrepresentation.

        • RobertCHastings

          You are absolutely right. It is basically the same thing as hiring someone to do work for you based upon his professed skills. Having an experienced wood cutter drop a tree on your house would be roughly the equivalent of voting for a Congressman who runs on a platform of supporting women’s rights only to back legislation against a woman’s right to choose. I am sure all of us on this forum can come up with similar examples. The recourse available to us is entirely too slow to be effective when Congress fails to do our bidding. Having to wait until Nov. of next year to hopefully get someone ELSE in Congress does not deal with our immediate need. While Food Stamps are an immediate need for millions, the current Farm Bill has no provisions for this program and Obama’s promised veto really does no good for those who need this benefit right now. The NC legislature has cut Unemployment coverage for hundreds of thousands and reduced it for many more, at a time when these people have no other resources.

  • M Kercher

    He and his other republican team members are also doing all they can to make sure the ‘rapist’ father of someone’s illegitimate baby doesn’t have any undue trouble buying a gun,….you know,….so he can reason with his baby mama and future non consenting baby mama’s. And he and the rest of the GOP would like to make sure that baby and it’s mama don’t get any money from the gov’t, because for some reason, the ONLY time the GOP cares about anyone other than their super rich buddies and benefactor’s, is WHILE they are a fetus. After that they’re just undeserving losers and sponges who make them sick to their stomach’s.

    • RobertCHastings

      Among all the posts here that are saying pretty much what you are, you have posted the clearest and most concise version of Republican doctrine.

  • Catskinner

    If the Republican Party wanted to help itself, they’d forget about immigration reform and get rid of jerks like Rick Santorum.

  • RobertCHastings

    The squeaky wheel gets greased. Santorum’s appeals to expand control over women’s reproductive rights has nothing to do with the Bible; it is a cynical way for those who really don’t believe in the message and teachings of Jesus to convince those who DO that they are on the side of justice. Jesus treated women in His ministry as equals, something the Church has ignored for over two thousand years. If Jesus sees women as equals with men, then the rights and freedoms women enjoy should be the same as those enjoyed by men. Our “Christian” nation is anything but.

    • SibyllasStuff

      How true about women’s role in ANY movement !! Santorum is just so full of himself – surrounded by others who are also full of themselves.

      Jesus DID treat women as equals – the story of the woman accused of adultery who was saved from stoning is just ONE story in the new testament about compassion for ALL.

      • RobertCHastings

        Prior to about 60 CE, women were equals in the rising church established on the teachings of Jesus, forming their own congregations and writing their own sacred texts. One of the sacred texts EXCLUDED from the New Testament was written by Mary(I am not sure which Mary).

        • SibyllasStuff

          I believe it was called the Gospel of Mary Magdelaine. Elaine Pagels has studied these other gospels and written about them. There are other gospels as well – the one I am familiar with is the Gospel of Thomas and there is also one the Gospel of Judas.

          • RobertCHastings

            I am reading her newer one on Revelations. She gives serious background to the modern misinterpretations of the New Testament.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Ah yes…Another Mr. Goodhair like Perry…Are all Texan men named Rick? Must be because they don’t like to be called by their other nickname that begins with a “D”. roflmao. All these Texan male long horns are doing is turning Texas bluer and bluer and bluer. Women in the US are not going to work, take care of kids and then be forced to have more kids so the Texas Mr. Goodhairs can roll in the dough.

  • jdb

    I struggle with having tolerance for the religious zealots and hypocrits in this country. . Great, let’s force poor moms to have a child and then complain about paying welfare for the mom and child. Can we please go back to the separation of church and state and get the government out of our personal business?