Rick Santorum on Abortion

Last Updated : Jan 04, 2012

Summary

Senator Santorum is stronly pro-life. He has repeatedly asserted that life begins at conception and that that life should be protected under law. Senator Santorum does not beleive in the exceptions that some pro-life people grant for rape. He has stated that the life that results from a rape is innocent and deserving of the protection of the law.

In a 2011 interview, Senator Santorum spoke in a radio interview about his pro-life stances and desire to see Roe vs Wade overturned and the decision on the legalization of abortion returned to the people and the states.

In March of 2011, Senator Santorum generated controversy when he stated that abortion had contributed to the pressure on social security by lessening the number of people in the subsequent generations. He stated that a third of the potential population had not been born due to abortion.

In April of 2011, Senator Santorum discussed his opposition to funding for groups such as Planned Parenthood. He added that the origins of Planned Parenthood were related to eugenics and racism and that the modern day actions of the nation mirror those purposes as abortion clinics are located in predominately minority and poor neighborhoods.

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum reasserted in a Meet the Press interview that did not believe in the exceptions for an abortion in the case of rape. He stated that even under these circumstances, abortion was still taking a life. When discussing how abortion could be controlled, Senator Santorum stated that he believed that doctors who perform abortions should be punished. These sentiments were mirrored in the Iowa debate, when Senator Santorum backed these comments by stating that rapists themselves are not sentenced to murder, but children created in a rape could be aborted even though they had committed no crime. He stated that this pointed to a flawed moral compass in the nation.

Senator Santorum's voting record and legislative history back up his statements. He voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, in favor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in 1995, 1997, and 2000, and against resolutions supporting Roe vs Wade. As well as voting in favor of this legislation, Senator Santorum co-sponsored almost all of them. 

 

WHO Radio Interview

In an undated 2011 radio interview, Senator Santorum appears on WHO radio and discusses abortion, Roe vs Wade, and a potential Presidential run. He notes his pro-life stance and his views concerning courts and abortion. He is asked how he would have acted if he was President when the decision in Roe vs Wade was handed down. He states that he would have begun actions to overturn the effects of the decision through legislation. He also discusses the willingness of people to accept abortion and blame the Roe vs Wade decision as if there is nothing that can be done to prevent it.

 

Social Security and Abortion

In March of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on WEZS radio in New Hampshire and was asked about social security. He stated that while social security was a flawed system from the beginning, it was made worse by the number of abortions in the US. He stated that one in three pregnancies end in abortion.

 

Planned Parenthood

In April of 2011, Senator Santorum spoke at the National Press Club in Washington DC. He stated that Planned Parenthood was an organization that was founded in racism and eugenics and it should receive no federal funding to continue those efforts.

 

New Hampshire Debate

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Presidential debate in New Hampshire. He was asked about Governor Romney's position on abortion and spoke about his views on abortion as well.

 

Meet the Press

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on Meet the Press with David Gregory and discussed his views on abortion and his view that a child is a human life from conception and should be protected under the constitution from conception on. He does not allow exceptions for rape or incest.

 

Iowa Debate

In August of 2011, Senator Santorum was asked about his Meet the Press Comments in June. Senator Santorum responds by stating that the man who committed the rape is not put to death, but the child who committed no crime can be. He states that aborting a child that was conceived in a rape commits a second act of violence.

 

Huckabee Forum

In December of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in a foum that was moderated by Mike Huckabee. He is asked about supporting a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion or returning the issue to the states. He notes that he supports a constitutional amendment defining life.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

The second vote on the legislation came as the bill returned from the US House. In roll call 263, supporters of the bill failed to get the 60 votes required for cloture. The bill did not proceed further as most Republicans supported the legislation and most Democrats oppossed it. Rick Santorum supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Rick Santorum supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

There have been 2 votes in the Senate concerning the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act S 403. The Act prohibited transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. There was an exception in the bill if the life of the mother was at risk, and those transporting the minor could not be prosecuted if there was reason to believe that the transporters were under the impression that permission had been given from the minor\'s parents. The first vote on this bill came as the bill passed through the Senate. The bill passed the senate in a 54-34 vote with most Republicans supporting it, and about 1/3 of Democrats supporting it. Rick Santorum supported the Notification Act.

Rick Santorum supported the Notification Act.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

The Unborn Victim\'s of Violence Act of 2004 (also known as Laci and Connor\'s Law) provides that persons who commit certain Federal violent crimes and thereby cause the death of, or bodily injury to, a child who is in utero shall be guilty of a separate offense. The bill came up vote a vote in March of 2004, and passed with the support of a vast majority of Republicans and about 1/3 of the Democrats. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Partial Birth Abortion

In 1999 the US Senate voted to ban Partial Birth Abortions. The bill defined the term "partial birth abortion" and then made it a crime for a physician to commit such an act. The act defined partial birth abortion as an abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally: vaginally delivers some portion of an intact living fetus until the fetus is partially outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the fetus while the fetus is partially outside the mother's body; performs the overt act that kills the fetus while the intact living fetus is partially outside the mother's body. The bill initially passed the Senate in Roll Call 51 in 2003. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban when it initially came up in the Senate.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban when it initially came up in the Senate.

Expressing the Sense of the Senate in Roe vs Wade

In March of 2003, the Senate voted on a sense of the Senate resolution affirming their support for the Supreme court's decision in Roe vs Wade. The measure passed the Senate 52-46. Rick Santorum voted against the measure and opposed the sense of the Senate in Roe vs Wade.

Rick Santorum voted against the measure and opposed the sense of the Senate in Roe vs Wade.

Partial Birth Abortion

The 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban defined the term as an abortion in which the person performing the abortion: deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the mother's body, or, in the case of a breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the mother's body; performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus. The bill was voted on separately and in a conference report. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban when it came up in the conference report.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban when it came up in the conference report.

Partial Birth Abortion

After the 2000 Partial Birth Abortion Bill passed the Senate, it went over to the House and was voted on again in roll call 402 to pass the conference report which was the compilation of the bills in the House and Senate. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban in 2000.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban in 2000.

Roe vs Wade

As part of the 1999 partial birth abortion ban, an amendment was introduced to express the sense of the senate in expressing support for Roe vs Wade. The amendment was supported by a majority of Democrats and a few Republicans The amendment passed in a 51-47 vote. Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and thus opposed Roe vs Wade.

Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and thus opposed Roe vs Wade.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997

In May of 1997, the Senate passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 in a 64-36 vote. The Senate did not have the numbers to overturn a Presidential veto. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995

In December of 1995, the Senate passed the partial-birth abortion ban act 54-44. The legislation was vetoed by President Clinton. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the ban.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-108; Bill Number-S 3; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 - Prime Sponsor

This legislation sought to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. The law authorized the father, if married to the mother at the time of the abortion, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. The law prohibited the prosecution of a woman obtaining the abortion.

Session-106; Bill Number-S 928; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1999 - Prime Sponsor

Prohibits any physician from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Prescribes penalties. Defines a "partial birth abortion". Authorizes the father, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. Prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.

Session-105; Bill Number-S 6; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 - Prime Sponsor

Prohibits performing a partial birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother and no other medical procedure would suffice. Defines "partial-birth abortion." Authorizes the father and, if the mother is under 18 years of age, the maternal grandparents of the fetus to obtain specified relief in a civil action, even if the mother consented to the abortion, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. Prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.

Session-104; Bill Number-S 939; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995 - Cosponsor

Subjects anyone who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce to a fine or imprisonment for not more than two years or both. Defines "partial-birth abortion." Permits the parents or the maternal grandparents (if the mother has not attained the age of 18 at the time of the abortion) through a civil action to obtain relief which would include money damages for all injuries and statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the partial-birth abortion, even if any party consented to an abortion. Permits the affirmative defense to a prosecution or a civil action, which must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence, that the physician reasonably believed: (1) the procedure was necessary to save the woman's life; and (2) no other form of abortion would have sufficed for that purpose.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 8; Child Custody Protection Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to save the life of the minor. Protects from prosecution or civil liability the minor or the minorís parents for violations of this Act. Prevents prosecution if the doctor reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the required parental consent or notification or judicial authorization took place. Authorizes any parent who suffers harm from a violation of this Act to seek relief in a civil action.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 403; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to safe the life of the minor. Protects from prosecution or civil liability the minor or the minorís parents for violations of this Act. Prevents prosecution if the doctor reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the required parental consent or notification or judicial authorization took place or if the doctor was presented with documentation showing that a court waived parental notification requirements or authorized the minor's abortion. Authorizes any parent who suffers harm from a violation of this Act to seek relief in a civil action unless such parent committed an act of incest with the minor. Allows an exception if: (1) the physician complies with parental notification requirements in the physicianís state; (2) the physician is given documentation that a court in the minorís state of residence has waived parental notification or otherwise authorized the minorís abortion; (3) the minor provides a written statement that she is the victim of sexual abuse, neglect, or physical abuse by a parent and the physician notifies appropriate state officials of such abuse; (4) the abortion is necessary to save the life of the minor (written notice must be given to the minor's parent within 24 hours after the lifesaving abortion is performed): or (5) a person accompanying the minor provides documentation to the physician that such person is the parent of the minor.

Session-108; Bill Number-S 851; Child Custody Protection Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor across a State line to obtain an abortion and thereby abridging the right of a parent under a law in force in the State where the minor resides requiring parental involvement in a minor's abortion decision. Makes an exception if the abortion was necessary to save the life of the minor. Specifies that neither the minor transported nor her parent may be prosecuted or sued for a violation of this Act. Prevents prosecution of the doctor if he reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the parental consent or notification or judicial authorization that would have been required had the abortion been performed in the State where the minor resides, took place. Authorizes any parent who suffers harm from a violation to obtain appropriate relief in a civil action.

Session-106; Bill Number-S 661; Child Custody Protection Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception if the abortion was necessary to save the life of the minor. Specifies that neither the minor transported nor her parent may be prosecuted or sued for a violation of this Act. Makes it an affirmative defense to a prosecution for, or to a civil action based on, such a violation that the defendant reasonably believed that before the individual obtained the abortion, the parental consent or notification or judicial authorization that would have been required had the abortion been performed in the State where the individual resides, took place.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 51; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider, before beginning any abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks old) to make a specified statement to the pregnant woman that Congress has determined that there is substantial evidence that the process will cause the unborn child pain, and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child. The doctor must also provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt) and an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form, and obtain the woman's signature and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child. Creates an exception for certified medical emergencies.

Session-108; Bill Number-S 2466; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2004 - Cosponsor

Require an abortion provider, before beginning any abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks) to make a specified statement to the pregnant woman that Congress has determined that there is substantial evidence that the process will cause the unborn child pain, and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child. The doctor must provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt) and an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form. The doctor must obtain on the form the woman's signature and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child.

Session-106; Bill Number-S 1692; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 - Prime Sponsor

This legislation sought to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. The law authorized the father, if married to the mother at the time of the abortion, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. The law prohibited the prosecution of a woman obtaining the abortion.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 403; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 8; Child Custody Protection Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 51; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1983; Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2005 - Prime Sponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to include a health care entity's refusal to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions among the bases for which the federal government or any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance may not discriminate against such an entity.

References

[1] Website: Politifact Article: Rick Santorum says one of every three pregnancies ends in an abortion Author: NA Accessed on: 08/23/2011

[2] Website: Huffington Post Article: Rick Santorum: Planned Parenthood 'Not Far' From Its Origins Of Racism And Eugenics Author: Amanda Terkel Accessed on: 08/23/2011

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