Rick Santorum, Health Expert, Touts Made Up Link Between Breast Cancer and Abortions

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Sweatervest militia extremist Rick Santorum has a message for America: Susan G. Komen for the Cure should not be providing any sort of support to Planned Parenthood, because abortion causes breast cancer. Good grief. Does he also think that eating orange M&M's will kick his tits up a cup size? Or that stepping on a crack will break his mother's back? Please, please, please shut up, Rick Santorum.

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Quoth the guy who is never, ever, ever going to be President,

I don't believe breast cancer research is advanced by funding an organization that does abortions where you've seen ties to cancer and abortions. So I don't think it's a particularly healthy way of contributing money to further the cause of breast cancer, but that's for private organizations like Susan G. Komen to make that decision.

Oh, Rick. Where to even start with you?

First, abortion does not cause breast cancer, according to science. Unfortunately for Rick Santorum, science is not dictated by what Rick Santorum wishes science was; it's dictated by research like the 2007 study involving more than 10,000 women that found that there was no link between abortion and breast cancer.

Second, 3% of what Planned Parenthood does is abortion services. To provide a point of reference, 16% of what Planned Parenthood does is cancer screening.

At this point, what would have to happen for Rick Santorum— or anyone who buys his particular brand of bull— to agree with facts as they are laid out in front of him? Would Jesus Christ himself have to ascend from heaven with three forms of identification including a long-form birth certificate to say, "Rick, I gave humans brains so that they can use them."? Would Rick have to have a Contact-like experience where he's transported to another planet? Would there be a love scene with Matthew McConaughey?

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While there is no link between breast cancer and abortions, there is a link between dying during childbirth and pregnancy, and yet you don't see Santorum appearing on Sunday morning talk shows warning viewers of the dangers of getting pregnant. The man's a lost cause. I just can't with him anymore.

Rick Santorum Opines on Susan G. Komen Foundation's Planned Parenthood Decision [HuffPo]

DISCUSSION

deeemer
deeemer

What makes me sad is that there's this element of "you did bad thing x, therefore you deserve y" in this whole philosophy. He doesn't care about abortions for health's sake, he cares about abortions because he believes they're morally wrong, and ergo it makes sense that doing something that's morally wrong will lead to something heinous and painful, like breast cancer. And this is what anti-abortionists truly believe - that something "evil" has evil consequences that insinuate itself in obvious ways.

The man has a special needs child. I would have liked to have hoped that he would have avoided this particular pitfall of thinking. But between this statement and his other statements on health care that insurance companies don't need to "bankroll" anyone who "caused" their illness through improper whatever, the man truly hasn't learned anything from his own painful situation. And that's not someone I want as a leader.