Santorum to Rape Victims: Save 'Horribly Made' Gift

'You have to make the best of a bad situation,' and have the baby, he says

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 25, 2012 2:22 AM CST

(Newser) – He certainly has a way with words—and Rick Santorum is still getting ripped for some of them. Santorum last week urged rape victims to protect the "horribly created" pregnancies that may result as a "broken" gift from God. Rape victims who become pregnant should "make the best of a bad situation," Santorum told Piers Morgan. "The right approach is to accept this horribly created—in the sense of rape—but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you." The candidate said he'd counsel a daughter who was raped to "do the right thing," just as "every father would."

"Really?" coughs Andrew Rosenthal in the New York Times. "I think some fathers might start by comforting their daughter, who had just been through a horrific act of violence, but maybe that’s just me." As for the rest of his comments, they're even "farther into the crazy zone," adds Rosenthal. Santorum also said he supports the death penalty "when there is certainty" about guilt.

Rick Santorum speaks at a Tea Party rally in Punta Gorda, Fla., yesterday.
Rick Santorum speaks at a Tea Party rally in Punta Gorda, Fla., yesterday.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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