Taranto: Abortion Behind 'Weird' Santorum Attacks

Saturday, 07 Jan 2012 03:05 PM

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James Taranto, in a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Mourning in America,” reveals that pro-abortion extremism lies behind the "weird" attacks on Rick Santorum – springing from the way the Sartorum family handled the death of its newest member, a baby boy who survived but hours after his birth.

A 2005 New York Times magazine piece describes the background.

“Rick and Karen Santorum would not let the morgue take the corpse of their newborn; they slept that night in the hospital with their lifeless baby between them."

The next day, they took him home so that their children Elizabeth and Johnny could at least hold the sibling they would never know.

But rather than casting the Santorums' manner of mourning as deviant, Taranto points out that the experts conclude that what they did isn't even atypical.

The American Pregnancy Association advises parents of stillborn babies: "With the loss of your baby, your family members will also grieve. Your baby is someone's granddaughter, brother, cousin, nephew or sister. It is important for your family members to spend time with the baby. This will help them come to terms with their loss."

In the case of parents who have other children, the APA adds, "it is your decision whether you would like the children to see the baby." That's the choice the Santorums made. To label it "weird" is not just crass but ignorant, concludes the author.

“In some quarters those who routinely champion abortion, even partial-birth abortion, are viewed as enlightened and morally sophisticated while those grieving the loss of their son, whom they took home for a night before burying, are mercilessly mocked.”

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