|Idiot Rick Santorum: Obama's Abortion Stance "Remarkable for a Black Man"|
Not that I expect much from Rick Santorum, who's not exactly the poster child for cultural and racial sensitivity, but honestly (via Talking Points Memo):
The question is -- and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person -- human life is not a person, then -- I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'we're going to decide who are people and who are not people.
That was an excerpt from former Senator Santorum's recent Christian News Service interview, in which he also trashed the notion of same-sex couples having the right to marry or adopt. Among other things, he said heterosexual marriage "is nature. And what we're trying to do is defy nature because a certain group of people want to be affirmed by society. And I just don't think that's to the benefit of society or to the child."
As wretched as Santorum's views are, they shouldn't really shock us since so many people in America clearly agree with the former Congressman. Dave Weigel over at Slate discusses that point:
The coverage of [the abortion] quote so far doesn't appreciate how mainstream Santorum's point is among pro-life activists. Many pro-life activists consider their work a continuation of other movements that protected human life and elevated the status of people whom the law doesn't consider "human." In the 19th century, it was African-Americans; in the 21st century, it's children in the womb. This is a common point at the annual March for Life. In 2009, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry told activists at the pro-life event: "You are the new abolitionists. You are the new civil-rights movement."
This is especially important to remember as the Republicans in the newly GOP-controlled House start to flex their political muscles. Anti-choice Republicans in the 112th Congress are said to be planning to "push hard" on women's reproductive rights this year, attempting to restrict abortion access and de-fund critical pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood.
By Lauren Kelley | Sourced from AlterNet