Santorum: Texas Abortion Bill Is About 'Love'

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 11:15 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the strict anti-abortion bill passed by Texas legislators this week isn't radical at all but part of a "movement of love."

"This is an important moment for everyone to recognize where the abortion debate really is in America," the former senator from Pennsylvania who sought the GOP presidential nomination last year, said Thursday.



"The face of the pro-life movement [is] people out there every day embracing women, whether they decide to have an abortion or not. They love them . . . It is the movement of love. That's what this movement is about."

According to the Huffington Post, Santorum showed up at a news conference Thursday with Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Republican state legislators to lend his voice to their criticism of Democrats, the press, and Republicans who don't agree with their state leaders' efforts to create one of the toughest abortion laws in the country.

"There's very little public praise within the media. There's just scorn," Santorum said. "Even today in the Republican Party, there is, maybe reaching scorn."

The Texas bill, which has already been approved by the state House and is expected to pass the state Senate Friday or Saturday, would ban abortions past 20 weeks of a pregnancy and require that all abortions, including those induced by a pill, be performed at ambulatory surgical centers. Critics say the standards laid out in the legislation for Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortion services would force many of them to close, which would cut off access for many women in the state to even general health services.

But Santorum insisted the bill would "protect a child who would otherwise be born alive," and said lawmakers and supporters pushing the legislation should not be cast "as a radical group."

The bill was stopped in the Texas Senate two weeks ago by a Democratic filibuster and loud protests from thousands of people. But at a hearing on the measure before a Senate panel Thursday only a few dozen people showed up. But they were loud, Huffing Post reported, and they were escorted out of the hearing room by police.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry said he stands ready to sign the bill, and Dewhurst vowed Thursday that "unruly mobs" would not keep the Senate this time from finally passing the measure.


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