Moderator: Our next question is for Senator Santorum: In June, you said, quote, “I believe that any doctor who performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so.” You would allow no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. [Santorum nods.] Polls have long shown that large majorities of Americans support at least some exceptions for abortion. Are your views too much even for many conservatives to support?
Santorum: You know, the Supreme Court of the Unites States, on a recent case, said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, would not be subject to the death penalty—yet the child [sic] conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child [sic] did nothing wrong. That child [sic] is— [pauses for audience applause]. That child [sic] is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing.
It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception—it is a human life—and we in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations—they’ve been traumatized already! To put them through another trauma of an abortion I think is, uh, is too much to ask, and I so I would, I would just absolutely stand and say that ONE violence in enough!
Now, the best comment I’ve seen about this comes from Shaker Megpie71.
TW: near-incoherent rage, misogyny
Hang on a minute…
WHERE THE FUCK IS THE WOMAN IN THIS EXAMPLE?
Who got raped?
Who conceived the child?
Whose womb is being inhabited here?
She’s vanished. She doesn’t matter; doesn’t exist save as an abstract concept (“rape victim”) or an incubator. Nobody was traumatised by the rape (except, of course, for the rapist, who was deeply offended by first having been accused of being a rapist, then sentenced with prison time for committing it), nobody was harmed by it (with the exception of the “innocent victim” embryo being threatened with abortion), nobody had their boundaries shattered, nobody got forcibly invaded, nobody was required to sit through multiple levels of validation just to prove the rape happened in the first fucking place.
The depth of contempt shown for women (all women) in this example by the Senator is breathtaking.
Now say it with me everyone!
Your body is a battleground.