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Rick Santorum Asked If He Would Abort a Gay Baby: VIDEO


As he was finishing a campaign stop at Rivier College in Nashua, NH today, someone in the crowd asked Rick Santorum if he would abort a gay baby. The candidate just groaned and moved on.

At a separate town hall, Santorum was asked about his ability to beat Obama given his extreme positions on social issues, Think Progress LGBT reports.

Said Santorum: “Everyone on the stage yesterday and the day before has pretty much has the same exact position I have on those social issues. President Obama says he has the same position I have on gay marriage. The only difference is between myself and any of them is that when somebody asks me a question I answer it.”

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  1. The bigoted jackass's silence condemns him.

    Posted by: Tone | Jan 9, 2012 1:32:56 PM

  2. Ridiculous question. Of course he wouldn't abort a gay baby. He'd let it be born, grow up bulled by classmates and shunned by family, and then spend the rest of his life seeing to it that the kid never had a chance at enjoying equal protection under the civil law.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 9, 2012 1:42:13 PM

  3. How true!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 9, 2012 1:57:21 PM

  4. I just love that he is being grilled and harassed on the campaign trail about these issues. People of New Hampshire, well done! He should be accountable for all the nasty, hateful things he has accumulated.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 9, 2012 2:04:41 PM

  5. Santorum would want to do much more than that, Milkman. He'd make sure that the unaborted gay kid was constantly being taught that heterosexuality was the norm for everyone and that homosexuality was a sin and a sick perversion. He'd make it next to impossible for the gay kid to find anyone else, young or old, like him- or herself so that he or she believed they were all along in the world and had to live in fear. He'd make sure that they had could envision no life for themselves other than the priesthood, the convent or a passionless life with someone of the opposite sex.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jan 9, 2012 2:14:11 PM

  6. It's true. How can we give the repuglicans grief not being for gay marriage when President Obama has the same position?

    Posted by: David | Jan 9, 2012 2:17:09 PM

  7. I'm so pleased that New Hampshirites (is there such a word?) are giving him GRIEF.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jan 9, 2012 2:21:30 PM

  8. he already had a gay kid. Gabriel. God took him back before He let him grown up in that bigoted household.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 9, 2012 2:29:43 PM

  9. He would have it aborted, then keep the foetus in a jar.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Jan 9, 2012 2:34:21 PM

  10. He and his wife already had one abortion (oh, I mean an induced labor of a non-viable fetus), so what's to prevent him from aborting another?

    Posted by: homer | Jan 9, 2012 2:36:25 PM

  11. Well said, Milkman. And, David, Frothy's and Romney's positions are not the same as Obama's. Those who can't distinguish the difference are either being disingenuous or dumb.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 9, 2012 2:36:39 PM

  12. David, President Obama may not currently support same-sex marriage, but at least he's apparently "evolving" on the issue. You won't even get that from any of the clowns running for the presidency. If he were governor of a state, I doubt if he'd veto a marriage equality bill if passed as the republicans would do. Just look at Governor Christie of New Jersey who's vowed to veto any bill legislated for marriage equality. No candidate running for marriage equality, democrat or otherwise would get the nomination. Who knows, he may even have fully evolved if he's re-elected. He'll have nothing to lose after that.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 9, 2012 2:37:40 PM

  13. "The only difference is between myself and any of them is that when somebody asks me a question I answer it.”

    -- he said as he refused to answer the question of whether he'd abort a gay baby.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 9, 2012 2:39:42 PM

  14. Obama kicked DADT to the curb and has rendered DOM mostly useless. Anybody continuing to ignore those facts is just being ludicrous for absurdity's sake.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 9, 2012 2:41:29 PM

  15. @ David - He does not answer a question he doesn't like. Instead, he answers the question with a question in order to change the sunject. Or uses some other tactic. He's a dipwad, as you know! LOL

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jan 9, 2012 2:47:55 PM

  16. And a big thank you to the moron who asked the stupid question.


    Posted by: BobN | Jan 9, 2012 4:15:53 PM

  17. So, Saint Moron is pro-Genocide?

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 9, 2012 4:37:51 PM

  18. He would never abort a gay baby because in his mind a baby is innocent and it's only later when he is exposed to the morally corrupt culture that he will choose to become a homosexual person.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 9, 2012 5:07:26 PM

  19. Sometimes I think the gay rights movement is being run by Karl Rove. Here's why its really not a great idea to ask Santorum whether or not he'd abort a gay fetus: because a lot of voters will ask gays if THEY would abort a fetus that they knew would grow up to be politically conservative. and hence, a likely homophobe. Many people are asking this question in their living rooms and kitchens, if not necessarily out in public.

    Don't blame the messenger. I'm just letting you know that you're not likely to have the effect you're after with this question. Personally, I doubt Santorum would abort a gay fetus. And any pro-lifer who would is a hypocrite who deserves to be called out for it. All human life is sacred - and that include gay human life.

    End of Reverend Mary's sermon!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 9, 2012 5:27:22 PM

  20. I think someone who does not automatically "hell no"!! Does not deserve to be parent.

    Posted by: classychazy | Jan 9, 2012 8:17:55 PM

  21. Rick Santorum was not welcome at Rivier College, the students did not have a say if he came or not. I am confused as to why he was even let on campus as supposedly our college is a place of acceptance, faith, and love. His values seem to contradict everything that is good about my school. He has tainted the campus with his fear of gay people and his general ignorance of just about every subject. Truly, a class act, in the worst possible way.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 9, 2012 8:55:48 PM

  22. Mary, the gay rights movement didn't ask the abortion question, one person did. Alas, with free speech and all, we can't regulate questions for intelligence any more than we can monitor politicians' answers for truthfulness or intelligence. (If we could Rick would have melted into a frothy puddle and evaporated long ago.) Not a question I would have asked him, because the only answer is both obvious and meaningless, but if someone judges the whole gay rights movement over it, they weren't on our side to begin with.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 9, 2012 9:02:10 PM

  23. @Mary Your analogy doesn't make sense as no one is born conservative or homophobic. Hate is a learned behavior.

    And are people really discussing whether gay people will abort a baby? What a waste of time. Two women or two men are not going to spontaneously have children, it's going to have to be planned (surrogacy, adoption etc). I'll go out on a limb and say most people who plan to have children and go through that much trouble aren't going to be aborting them.

    Also it's one individual spontaneously asking a question of Santorum. It's hardly a Karl Rove strategy. Santorum's numbers in New Hampshire has flatlined since people have been asking these gay rights questions so I don't see the harm, even with silly questions. Wasn't it Ms. Ann Coulter who recently said that gay babies would be aborted by liberals.Why aren't you on her website saying how much harm she's doing to conservative causes by saying stupid things?

    Posted by: sara | Jan 9, 2012 11:05:02 PM

  24. Rick Santorum has no business preaching about the evils of homosexuality when he was out there ENDORSING PEDOPHILES FOR AWARDS...

    Santorum Gave Sandusky Award

    At a campaign stop in Iowa last week, Rick Santorum was questioned by a voter about why he gave an Angels in Adoption award to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, recently indicted on charges of molesting eight children. "Santorum explained that he lacked knowledge of the situation at the time and noted that the award has since been withdrawn," the University of Northern Iowa newspaper reported. The questioner replied, "So we shouldn't trust Obama with our kids, but we can trust you?"


    Posted by: Jack | Jan 9, 2012 11:41:23 PM

  25. I can seet that my post was poorly worded and gave the wrong impression. My apologies. I didn't mean to imply that the gay community as a whole is responsible for everything a single person may shout out regarding gay rights. I just meant that what this woman asked about aborting gay babies was not a question likely to help your cause and that it would be good to at least advise people against tactics like this. Most voters are weary of culture war issues and whoever seems most aggressive in bringing them up is likely to be resented.

    And as for Ann Coulter, although she and I are ideologically aligned, I often find her writings abrasive and sometimes bizarre. However, she doesn't show up at campaign stops shouting things out to candidates. People who like what she's selling go to HER website. But I agree with you that she has said some really stupid things. The right-wing has its own set of self-destructive tendencies.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 10, 2012 12:00:48 AM

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