Rumors about political candidates and issues are par for the course these days. If you’ve seen the Daily Show this week you will have seen Jon Stewart rail against the all to often inaccurate reporting of FOXNews. Recently, rumors have begun to resurface that Rick Perry may be gay, and I’m sure the closer we get to the election, old and new Obama myths will emerge. I fell prey to one of these rumors this week.
In this post, I was talking about how a “generic Republican” does not have the baggage of any of the real Republican candidates. I listed some of those problems. One that I talked about was Rick Santorum consenting to an abortion to save his wife’s life. That was untrue. I confused a blog post that made the claim with the actual article from the New Yorker that reported the story.
The story is that in 1997 Karen Santorum was pregnant with a fetus who had a fatal heart defect. The fetus would never survive until birth. Her doctors urged her to abort the pregnancy because it could threaten her life. Her doctors wanted to artificially induce labor even though the fetus wasn’t viable. The Santorums refused saying that would be equal to abortion. In the end, she went into premature labor anyway and gave birth to a boy who tragically died a few hours later.
While some people will report that she did have an abortion just to spread lies about Santorum, others may have been confused because in an interview later Karen Santorum said that if she was told she would die in an hour without the procedure she would consent. In her words, “for the sake of her other children.” Whether this rumor is being spread as a mistake or as misinformation to hurt Santorum’s candidacy, I don’t want any part of it.
The part of the post that was incorrect I have removed. Hopefully this will not happen again. I want people who read this blog to think the research is thorough and the facts are correct. I will work harder in the future to make sure this is true.