President George W. Bush is beginning a promotional tour for a new book, and one of his new talking points appears to be the story of how he became anti-choice as a teenager. According to the former president, it involved a fetus in a jar.
Via the New York Post:
The story is very reminiscent of one from Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who brought his wife’s 20 week fetus home to take family portraits with before allowing him to be buried.
Upon their son’s death, Rick and Karen Santorum opted not to bring his body to a funeral home. Instead, they bundled him in a blanket and drove him to Karen’s parents’ home in Pittsburgh. There, they spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass.
“That’s my little guy,” Santorum says, pointing to the photo of Gabriel, in which his tiny physique is framed by his father’s hand. The senator often speaks of his late son in the present tense. It is a rare instance in which he talks softly.
He and Karen brought Gabriel’s body home so their children could “absorb and understand that they had a brother,” Santorum says. “We wanted them to see that he was real,” not an abstraction, he says. Not a “fetus,” either, as Rick and Karen were appalled to see him described — “a 20-week-old fetus” — on a hospital form. They changed the form to read “20-week-old baby.”
It appears to be a constant theme for the anti-choice movement to believe that because they have seen the body of and dealt with the results of a miscarriage of wanted pregnancy at mid- to late-term wanted, that they then have a full understanding that goes beyond that of women seeking to terminate their own nonviable or undesired pregnancies.
President Bush’s new tale is just the latest take on this theme, and another story to add to the lexicon of the anti-choice movement.