Republican War on Women: Rick Santorum’s Lie, and the Personhood Pledge

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Rick Santorum is a liar, and his wife is either a willing accomplice or a dupe.

Karen Santorum was interviewed on Piers Morgan’s show where she claimed,

“Women have nothing to fear when it comes to contraceptives…adding that her husband would “absolutely not” bring his personal religious beliefs “to play” as president.”

But the fact is, Rick Santorum signed a draft version of the Oklahoma Personhood Amendment petition while campaigning in the state. That pledge states:

I believe that in order to properly protect the right to life of the vulnerable among us, every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise. I recognize that in cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing…

If elected President, I will work to advance state and federal laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as persons at every stage of development, and to the best of my knowledge, I will only appoint federal judges and relevant officials who will uphold and enforce state and federal laws recognizing that all human beings at every stage of development are persons with the unalienable right to life.

Personhood USA claims:

“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.”

This definition would make a number of birth control methods illegal under a Personhood act because some forms of birth control prevent a fertilized egg from implanting itself in the uterine wall.

Santorum also stated at a Personhood  event in Iowa:

“Life beginning at conception is not a ‘belief.’ It’s not an article of faith. It’s an article of fact. It’s biological fact that, in fact, that life begins at conception.”

Personhood USA reported:

“When asked what similar personhood legislation at the federal level would look like at the Iowa event, Santorum said, “The act would be a very simple one that would recognize life from conception to natural death as what it is, a human life. We do not differentiate stages of development, or mental capacity, or capacity at the end of life, as being any less of a person.

Personhood is defined as an entity that is genetically human and alive–it is a person as contemplated under our Constitution. The legislation would be one that is simple, and brief, and to the point.” When asked what his response would be if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law he commented, “You do what you always do in every case when the Court strikes it down, you fight.”

So Rick Santorum is a liar when he says:

“…the idea I’m coming after your birth control is absurd. I was making a statement about my moral beliefs, but I won’t impose them on anyone else in this case. I don’t think the government should be involved in that. People are free to make their own decisions.’’

Santorum has also stated:

“…he does not see the right to privacy as a constitutional right envisioned by its signers…”

For women anyway – Rick Santorum would advance Personhood USA’s agenda – have no doubt.

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  • Scott

    Is his wife seriously suggesting that he's not serious about the contraceptive talk? Then why would he have bothered to bring it up at all?? Cut the bullshit and get this religious fuck out of our secular nation.