Appearing at the Iowa Republican presidential debate Thursday, Rick Santorum advocated for outlawing abortions even in the case of rape because “one violence is enough.”

“Would you allow no exceptions for cases of rape on incest?” Fox News host Byron York asked. “Polls have shown that large majorities of Americans support some exceptions for abortion. Are your views too much, even for many conservatives to support?”

“That child is an innocent victim,” Santorum replied. “To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life, genetically human from the moment of contraception. We in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who have been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion, I think is too much to ask. So I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.”

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