Piers Morgan Pushes Santorum If He'd Oppose Abortion If His Raped Daughter Was 'Begging You' For It

One of the hoariest tactics of liberal media personalities is to single out strongly pro-life candidates and ask them if they’d let their daughters get an abortion, even in a case of rape. Piers Morgan dragged out this line of questioning on Rick Santorum on Friday night, adding that in this far-fetched hypothetical, the daughter would be “begging you to let her have an abortion.”

Piers may have borrowed from his CNN predecessor Larry King's playbook, since Larry threw a version of this at Dan Quayle in 1992. This is not a tactic they’ve tried on Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Can you imagine a liberal interviewer asking if they would accompany their daughter to the clinic? Or what they would do if the daughter regretted their abortion? No, only the pro-lifers get this hardball. (Video below).

 



PIERS MORGAN: Do you really believe, in every case, it should be totally wrong, in the sense that -- I know that you believe, even in cases of rape and incest -- and you've got two daughters. You know, if you have a daughter that came to you who had been raped.

RICK SANTORUM: Yes.

MORGAN: And was pregnant and was begging you to let her have an abortion, would you really be able to look her in the eye and say, no, as her father?

SANTORUM: I would do what every father must do, is to try to counsel your daughter to do the right thing. It’s a –

MORGAN: It's an almost impossibly hypothetical thing to ask you, but there will be people in that position --

SANTORUM: Yeah –

MORGAN: – and they will share your religious values.

SANTORUM: It's not a matter of religious values.

MORGAN: And they are looking at their daughter ,saying, how can I deal with this, because if I make her have this baby, isn't it going to just ruin her life?

SANTORUM: Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn't have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn't, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I've always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created -- in the sense of rape -- but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.

As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can't think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.

Morgan then moved on to challenge Santorum on capital punishment, asserting that a pro-lifer should oppose the death penalty if innocent people were executed. Morgan had no sympathy in this scenario for the innocent people who are murdered by criminals.

 

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis