Thursday, January 20, 2011

Santorum: Obama's Race Should Shape Abortion View

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.

5 comments:

Renee said...

I think that the point you are missing is race here. When LGBT people were fighting for DADT the common refrain was Obama should understand because he is Black and now we have he should be against abortion because he is Black. No matter what the grievance is, we are expected to understand because of the oppression against us rather than the merits of the issue at hand. This kind of argument is always aimed at POC and it is racist.

Tony Wu said...

This kind of stuff happens from Progressives too. Like when people say that Obama shouldn't cite the Constitution as an example of compromise (a tame and mild observation if there ever was one) because the 3/5ths clause was a compromise, and he is Black.

Renee said...

@ Tony Wu so what because of that, we shouldn't point this comment out for being racist?

Tony Wu said...

@ Renee where did I say that?

ContraWhit said...

The only comforting thing about all of this is that Santorum is coming in at polls as having a less than 1% chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Santorum is the perfect example of a person who suffers from:
male privilege
white privilege
probably some class privilege too.

In short, he lives in a world that doesn't exist, a world that never has and never will.