Rick Santorum Accepts Alan Colmes’s Apology

By Dave Andrusko

If I were a better human being, I suppose I would rest content with Alan Colmes’ apology to former Senator Rick Santorum and his wife. Santorum says he and his wife, Karen, have forgiven the former Fox News co-host for remarks so vile, tasteless, and over-the-top (my description) you would not believe they could have been uttered unless you’ve seen Colmes in action over the years.

In case you missed the exchange Colmes had yesterday with National Review Editor Rich Lowry, consider yourself lucky. Talking about tonight’s  Iowa caucuses and undecided voters (said to be as many as 40%),  Colmes was asked if people who were moving Santorum’s way would stay with him and he responded no, not once they “get a load of some of the crazy things he’s said and done, like taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after child birth home and played with it so that his other children would know that the child was real.”

Lowry angrily responded,  “To take something that is that personal and that hurtful as losing a child and mocking it like that … that is beneath you, Alan.” He added,  “What you’re saying is contemptible. I even think some of the dastardly characters we have in the mainstream media are not going to go as low as you just have Alan.”

Of course, this was not only cruel and hurtful and contemptible beyond words, it is not remotely true. You may remember reading a story we ran in National Right to Life News Today that reviewed Karen Santorum’s book about the brief life of their son, “Letters to Gabriel.” Her book is a powerful testimony to the infinite value of all human life, born and unborn, and that includes newborns whose live only two hours.

Rick Santorum explained to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Gabriel had died in the middle of the night and that he and his wife stayed with their child in the hospital, bringing him home the next day for a private funeral, rather than sending him directly the morgue.

Karen Santorum was a neonatal intensive care nurse for nine years. Rick Santorum told Hannity that his wife learned from that and taught him, “You have to affirm the life of your child. You have to affirm that memory for your children, and for you– and to recognize the dignity of that life and to make sure that that child is forever a part of your family. And that’s what we did. And I can tell you it was a tremendous healing experience for all of us.” 

Neither in the book nor elsewhere did the Santorums suggest that no one could disagree with their decision. But bringing Gabriel home was part of helping their children realize in a tangible way, Rick Santorum said, that  “they had a brother and who he was.”

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