Santorum plays multiple cards from a hot button deck
January 20th, 2011
01:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Santorum plays multiple cards from a hot button deck

Washington (CNN) - Possible 2012 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is dialing back on comments made to CNSnews.com during an interview that blasted President Obama's stance on abortion and invoked the President's race.

In a statement provided to CNN following the interview's web posting Thursday, Santorum said "For decades certain human beings were wrongly treated as property and denied liberty in America because they were not considered persons under the constitution. Today other human beings, the unborn of all races, are also wrongly treated as property and denied the right to life for the same reason; because they are not considered persons under the constitution. I am disappointed that President Obama, who rightfully fights for civil rights, refuses to recognize the civil rights of the unborn in this country."

The comments that sparked criticism came from the former Pennsylvania senator during an interview with the Media Research Center's CNSnews.com where he discussed both slavery and abortion while analyzing the merits of secular law vs. natural law.

"There's…natural law that we learn in America by and large by faith. That law is one that sits over the secular law and that one that we have to achieve," Santorum continued,

"When we had slavery in this county slavery did not conform to the natural law. And as result there was agitation, always. Abortion does not conform to the natural law, why, because all life should be respected."

Asserting his belief that "every person, every child conceived in the womb has a right to life at the moment of conception, Santorum continued.

"So the question is not whether this is a human life. But Barack Obama says you know 'is a child in the womb a human life, well, that's above my pay grade.'"

The former Senator folded criticism of Obama into his pro-life argument by stating, "Just about everything else in the world he's willing to do-have the government do-but he can't answer that basic question which is not a debatable issue at all.

"The question is-and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer-is that, is that human life a person under the Constitution. And Barack Obama says no. "

Santorum continued, playing the race card.

"Well if that person, a human life, is not a person, then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people."

CNN's Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Lando

    An idiot is an idiot forever....

    January 20, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Malcolm in St Louis

    Maybe the President thinks what a women does with her body in the first trimester is her business. Just like the Supreme Court said. So he does not have to address the question, It is settled law.

    It is not a white or black issue. Or a slavery issue. It is about personal rights.

    Maybe Santorum is speaking as a white guy who is used to telling others especially women what they should do.

    January 20, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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