Santorum: Obama’s Race Should Shape Abortion View

Originally posted at Female Impersonator

This is fucking infuriating.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum says it is surprising that the nation’s first black president is willing to deny civil rights to fetuses.

Santorum, who is a potential Republican presidential challenger to President Barack Obama in 2012, linked civil rights with abortion during an interview posted Thursday with the Christian Broadcasting Network. Santorum, who lost his 2006 Senate re-election bid in Pennsylvania, is an outspoken critic of abortion rights.

Santorum notes that for decades, slavery allowed African-Americans to be treated like property. And he says fetuses are denied the right to life because they are considered property.

Santorum says he is disappointed that Obama, a former law professor, refuses to treat fetuses as humans under the Constitution.

The White House declined to comment on Santorum’s criticism.

The comparison between the Civil Rights movement (which was about gaining rights) and the anti-choice movement (which is about stripping away the right women have to their own bodies) is ridiculous and upsetting.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Santorum seems to be a part of a growing segment in the anti-choice community who think they can use the message of ‘abortion as genocide’ to build their base within Black communities. If he had a more sophisticated understanding of reproductive history, he would know that for centuries CHOICE has eluded Black women in the US. Black women were used as breeding machines to propagate an enslaved workforce. So the fact that we can now CHOOSE if and when to reproduce is not a RIGHT we’re willing to hand over to you, Mr. (white, cis-gendered, heterosexual) Santorum.

  2. Posted January 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure President Obama and any other Black person doesn’t need Rick Santorum to tell them what they need to think and his arguement is disingenuous at best.

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