Santorum blames 'abortion culture' for problems with Social Security
March 29th, 2011
08:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum blames 'abortion culture' for problems with Social Security

(CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the "abortion culture" in America is to blame for the failing Social Security system.

In an interview with WEZS Radio in Laconia, New Hampshire, Tuesday, the former Republican Pennsylvania senator said abortion rates are influencing the number of children born in the United States and there are therefore not enough children to support the program long-term.

"The Social Security system in my opinion is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends," Santorum said. "A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion."

Santorum, an outspoken opponent of abortion, made the comments in response to a caller who said abortion rates are to blame for the problems with Social Security and Medicare.

"We have seven children so we're doing our part to fund the Social Security system," Santorum said. "I want children to be living in America and contributing. America's greatest resource is our people and we're denying America what it needs, which is more Americans."

Santorum was in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state Tuesday to meet with voters and headline a GOP dinner in Concord.


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  1. William Paustenbach

    This is ridiculous. Controlled population growth worldwide is essential to the human race. There will come a time in the not too distant future where human population will overwhelm earth's abundant resources and pollution, starvation and thirst will lead to forced population contols. Santorum is an aloof idiot bagging about having seven children. Abortion is NOT the cause of Social Security's problems...the baby boom generation reaching retirement age at this time IS. Too bad abortions were not more readily accessable 60 years ago.

    March 29, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. JJ

    Moron GOP candidate pegs the bullsh1t-o-meter. Again. Ho-hum. Not news.

    March 29, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. cathstar

    The purpose of reproduction is not to fund Social Security. People can barely afford to have one or two children nowadays. Education alone costs a fortune. Santorum sounds like he's living back in the old days when people had lots of children in order to help with farm chores. Does he understand that, without abortion, there would be scores more on welfare and Medicaid roles? That would deplete our economy even further.

    March 29, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. leonid7

    Besides, only 22% of pregnancies end in abortion. Last time i checked, 22% is not a third. another blatant fabrication of information meant to scare people. or maybe he's just really bad at math.

    March 29, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. EddyL

    Yet another GOP MORON!

    March 29, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Just Sayin'

    The nonsensical logic put forward by Republicans on all their issues just boggles the mind. Today's parents can't afford to have more children due to the economy. To say that it is due to abortion is ludicrous. Not everyone has the income of a Congress person.

    March 29, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  7. oddmanout

    His ignorence is staggering...........I am speachless

    March 29, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. You don't say

    So he says we should be having more kids? That would help pay for the old folks? Really?

    March 29, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. Sharonkathleen

    Is this guy for real. Margaret Sanger changed this world for women. We can now choose how many children we want to have, are emotionally and financially capable of having.. Just think of how ignorant this statement is. Lets all of us have a bunch of kids.. risk the health of the mother with repeated pregnancies. The mother certainly won't be working because who can work and take care of 7 children. Lets see how many of these children will get a proper education to get a good job.. and how many quit school because they don't have the clothes, or proper care to continue. This man is a nut case

    March 29, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Boy, this just takes the cake! Santorum thinks we should all breed like rabbits to fund Social Security.

    Never mind that the GOP is eliminating American jobs as fast as they can, what with their tax cuts for the wealthy who use the money to ship jobs overseas.

    Because just how are all these children supposed to get jobs in the future – and pay into Social Security – when the GOP doesn't want to invest in education, infrastructure or anything else that will make our country successful? Heck, they don't believe in basic science, and yet we're supposed to somehow compete globally in a technological age!

    Santorum is the perfect example of the GOP today: No ideas, no policies that work, just a bunch of hot-button, divisive issues designed to stir up their base to once again vote against their self-interest.

    Pathetic!

    March 29, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Typical GOP'er

    When something goes wrong... blame abortion!

    Birth rates are down because... well birth rates are down.

    March 29, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Republicans today: The intellect of Bush, the morality of Berlusconi and the heart of Putin.

    The GOP is a MESS!

    March 29, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Ummm...

    This man has no chance of becoming President. Idiot!

    March 29, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. williamhn

    Finally, a candidate that can actually make Sarah Palin look good.

    March 29, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. M829

    This is by far the dumbest reason i've heard for the 'failing social security system'

    March 29, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Oh good grief. Just when you thought they couldn't get worse.

    March 30, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. John PA

    OMG...I have heard it all now! Now fetuses even have a price tag for to the GOP! Are these people nuts? Well, guess we've known that for a long time know. Hopefully voters recognize the insanity at the polls in 2012. This guy has seven kids? I'd like to see a tax for every kid over two; after all, they are the ones using the resources (schools, etc). Instead of breeding, why isn't this guy adopting kids the other's don't want that end up draining our taxes via welfare and requiring emergency care because they are uninsured, etc. These GOP'ers want no planned parenthood, no healthcare reform and they want to take money away from social programs that take care of these unwanted children. What hypocrites!

    March 30, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. Eric

    A better target would be the birth control pill, it alone has stopped many millions of children from being born than abortion. As a Catholic Rick Santorum should believe that use of any birth control is a sin anyways (as it's the official teachings of his church).

    March 30, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. Casey Snider

    Yeah, right, Santorum. And yet, when anybody EXCEPT wealthy white Christians has seven kids, they're irresponsible and a drain on government resources. YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, cutting social programs and education with one hand and demanding people have more babies with the other.

    Rick Santorum is a sanctimonious, self-righteous douche.

    March 30, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. Mark E

    WHAT drugs is this bozo on?

    March 30, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  21. John

    I can make up statistics just as easily as this dude. How about this: 99.99% of all politicians are idiots (accuracy to within .01%). My statistic is more believable than his.

    March 30, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  22. JH

    Oh. My. God.
    Do we laugh or cry?

    March 30, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. dwech

    This observation by Santorum is yet further evidence of how far gone this dude really is.... Gee Rick, ya ever think it was the disparity between workers and retirees? Or borrowing against the system? That an emergency 'rescue' fund is now burdened with allocations never conceived in it's design? No... it's abortion. Right. You sir, are a whack job of epic proportion.

    March 30, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. Stan the Man

    He also forgot to mention Family Guy and Heavy Metal music...and they wonder why there is low voter turn out.

    March 30, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. Manuel Ramos

    King Solomon was an amateur compared to Rick (sanctimonious) Santorum. Santorum's wisdom is beyond the realm of recognition. If Rick is elected President of the United States within weeks of him coming into power ALL the ills our great nation is now enduring will be solved. There will be 100 employment, all those who are now homeless will have a manison to call home, our economy will flourish, there will be no more natural disasters in The United States, there will be no more mention of cancer, diabetes, heart disease because his administration will eradicate all diseases with his version of Health Care. The world's population will triple cause Rick and his ilk overturned ROE VS WADE. And the world will be at peace because of Santorum's brillant foreign diplomacy. My next fairy tale will be in tomorrow's edition. LOL

    March 30, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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