Re: Santorum on Abortion - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Re: Santorum on Abortion
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Phil Klein is probably right that Rick Santorum’s recent mention of Obama’s race while discussing abortion was, shall we say, inartful. Yet there is a serious issue here, in that there really is a horrendous link between abortion and race. When three-fifths (there is that number again) of black babies in New York City are aborted, it is a tragedy of epic proportions. It also is worth noting that Planned Parenthood’s patron saint, Margaret Sanger, was by a number of accounts (this may still be disputed, but probably not strongly disputed) motivated in part by racist objectives. Finally, it is worth noting that because so many black politicians so often cite the Three-Fifths Compromise as reason enough to avoid [their version of] originalist interpretations of the Constitution, including just two weeks ago when they objected to Congress’ reading thereof, it is understandable and certainly not racist in itself for Santorum, or anybody, to make the rather common point that the 14th Amendment protections for “persons,” which helped correct the Three Firths Compromise, do mean ALL persons, and that if a human life isn’t a person, it is rather unclear what the heck it is.

In short, it might not have been politically wise for Santorum to say what he said. But his point was valid, and in no way mean-spirited. The left gets away all the time with playing the race card in defending Obama from criticism. Santorum’s comparison of black personhood to unborn baby personhood was, unlike most of those irrelevant lefty citations of race, a largely reasonable use of a logical analogy.

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