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Santorum: Put Doctors Who Perform Abortions in Jail

Robin Marty

It's not shocking to hear Santorum push for jail time for doctors, but it still is sad.

The campaign season is underway, and now I just can’t wait until the primaries actually start so I don’t have to listen to any more Rick Santorum videos like this one, via Think Progress.

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Rep. Peter King Wants To Put Doctors Who Perform Abortions in Jail

Robin Marty

In explaining why he opposes allowing pregnant rape victims to have abortions, the New York Congressman also said he'd be all for jailing doctors.

Worried that if anti-choice politicians had their way, you might end up in jail for procuring an abortion? Well, you can rest assured on one thing… at least for now, New York Representative Peter King only wants to throw doctors in jail.

Via Democracy Now:

AMY GOODMAN: So, should a woman who wants to have abortion be criminalized? Should she be charged with murder?

REP. PETER KING: No, it would be the doctor, not the woman.

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AMY GOODMAN: The doctor?

REP. PETER KING: Absolutely, yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: So the doctor should be thrown in jail.

REP. PETER KING: Well, it should be a law. Again, each state can decide how they want to—you know, what sanctions they would be. But obviously, if you have a law and somebody violates it, there have to be penalties, whether it’s civil or whatever. Actually, I’ve got to go in a second.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think Paul Ryan’s position, which you share, will help you realize that goal eventually in America?

REP. PETER KING: Well, obviously, you elect someone who you want to pursue your goal. But it’s certainly not going to happen in the next four years, that’s for sure.

King says it won’t happen anytime in the next four years, but if you look at Wisconsin, where doctors are afraid to offer medication abortions because they aren’t sure how to do so without being charged with a felony, we’re already there.

(VIDEO) Witness in Fetal Pain Hearing Told By Committee Member That Baby Was “Viable”

Robin Marty

A Minnesota Representative tells a woman testifying against the proposed fetal pain ban that she should have given birth, like Rick Santorum's wife did.

When Alicia Hemple went to testify against Minnesota’s proposed “fetal pain” ban, she likely didn’t expect that one of the committee members would tell her that her baby, who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, really was “viable” despite her own doctor telling her otherwise.

Rep. Bob Barrett, a freshman Republican, then told Ms. Hemple that she should have ignored her doctor’s advice and sought help from a prenatal hospice group just as Sen. Rick Santorum did with his child.

“[Santorum] did open my eyes to the fact that a lot of these children are born and they do live a life past infancy, and they are happy kids.  And they can provide joy and love and support and they’re part of a family.  And you obviously made the choice you did.  I would like to inform everyone who isn’t aware to check out prenatal partners for life because they have a wonderful organization that helps families in your situation understand this issue that a lot people don’t understand — these babies are viable, they are important, they are God’s child.”

Watch the video below.

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