As several Republican candidates for president begin the hard work of campaigning, one candidate has already very clearly been placed at the red hot center of the arena in attacks from those on the Left who have a particular disdain for the principle that an unborn child has a right to life. That candidate, deemed so threatening to the anti-life Left, is Rick Santorum.
Santorum is perhaps best known as the former Senator from Pennsylvania who authored the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act which banned one of the most hideous methods of killing ever devised. He also authored the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, to protect newborns from being murdered, a law which President Obama famously opposed. Santorum’s record of leadership and success on life issues along with his defense of traditional marriage make him an automatic enemy of the Left.
Once again, we’re bombarded with a reactionary male who flagrantly injects his own perverse religious thinking into an area about which he personally knows little, if anything. Perhaps the former Senator should imagine one of his daughters being sexually assaulted and then told by her attacker that she mustn’t tell anyone or she will be in danger.
Considering the obvious perversity of injecting the candidate’s daughters into a discussion about a policy position on rape and abortion, it’s amazing that Hayne would dare to use the word “perverse” in an accusation. One might even say it is hypocritical.
It’s particularly noteworthy that Hayne injects the candidate’s “religious thinking” into the mix. This latter reference constitutes an attack that is two-fold. First, it amounts to a claim that Santorum, a faithful Catholic, is campaigning on his Catholicism. Secondly, it calls that Catholicism “perverse”. In one term — “perverse religious thinking” — Hayne manages to falsely accuse Santorum of imposing a religious belief in a presidential campaign while simultaneously demonstrating bigotry against that belief. Considering that the Catholic vote makes up about one-fourth of the electorate, one would think he’d be a bit less bigoted, but perhaps double-barreled hatred is just what Michael Hayne is about.
Is it “religious thinking” to claim that all children, even those conceived in rape, have a right to life? Let’s take a look at this pro-life position, condemned by Hayne, as explained by Senator Santorum himself at the most recent Republican presidential debate:
You know the Supreme Court of the United States on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. [Applause.] That child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception, and it is a human life, and 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 abortion? I think it’s too much to ask and so I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.
Santorum campaigns very strongly on the basic moral principles upon which America was founded. These basic moral principles are found, he notes, in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. It is the Declaration that Santorum points to consistently in his defense of the right to life, not to his particular religious faith, because it is in our founding documents that all Americans — Catholic or non-Catholic, religious or non-religious — should be able to find common ground.
America was founded as a country that defends the right to life as paramount and stands as a beacon for the ideal of religious freedom in the world. Considering that RH Reality Check and Michael Hayne seem to hate both of these things, it’s no wonder that we would find Rick Santorum in their line of fire for being both Catholic and pro-life.