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Santorum: Uproar over Mourdock just ‘gotcha politics’

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, October 25, 2012 17:39 EDT
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Speaking to CNN on Wednesday night, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) defended Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Moudock’s recent comment about rape.

Mourdock created an uproar on Tuesday night after describing a pregnancy that resulted from rape as “a gift from God” and “something that God intended to happen.” The Senate candidate was explaining why he thought abortion should be prohibited, without any exceptions for rape or incest.

“What the Senate candidate said is that the child is a gift from God and whether it’s conceived by rape or not, it’s still the gift of human life is a gift from God,” Santorum told CNN host Erin Burnett. “And that’s what he said. I don’t – I mean, he didn’t say rape was a gift from God. You’d have to contort words beyond meaning to get that understanding of it.”

“Look, this is, you know, this gotcha stuff in the media is just that,” he continued. “It’s just trying to play gotcha politics. And I don’t think anyone’s who watched that — I watched it — could think anything other the fact that he was talking about the baby in the womb as something that is precious and is a gift through the horrible circumstances of that gift being created, yes, but it’s still that life needs to be protected.”

Santorum lamented the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled abortion was constitutional, yet ruled that executing a rapist was unconstitutional.

“You’re not allowed to execute people who commit rape, but the Supreme Court says you can execute the child who’s the innocent victim of the rape. That is the society that has its morals upside down.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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