Santorum: Planned Parenthood Should Be Prosecuted for Illegal Partial-Birth Abortions

By Sam Dorman | September 25, 2015 | 4:22pm EDT

 

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com)--Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum reiterated Friday that Planned Parenthood should be prosecuted for performing illegal partial-birth abortions.

During a speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday, Santorum recalled calling out Planned Parenthood for "doing barbaric things" during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

"I was on CNN the other day... and we were talking about the Planned Parenthood videos, and I said: ‘Not only should we defund Planned Parenthood, we should be prosecuting Planned Parenthood’,” Santorum said, drawing a round of applause from the audience.  

“And he got very upset with me. Said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘What laws have they broken?’

“I said, ‘Well, the procedures that we saw described in these videos I know very well, because they were partial-birth abortions.”

“And he says, ‘Well, OK, but, you know, how do you know that that’s against the law?’  

“I said, ’Because I wrote the law. I know that it’s against the law," Santorum said, once again drawing more cheers and applause.

During the CNN interview, Santorum said: "If you listen to the tapes, and look at what the procedures are, they're doing just that. They're manipulating the baby in the womb to deliver the baby feet first so the organs aren't hurt, and then they're crushing the skull. That's a partial birth abortion. That's illegal under federal law."

The former senator from Pennsylvania also told summit attendees that America will never be a great country again if it continues to kill its unborn children.

“America is never going to be a great country if we’re a country that kills our children in the womb, ever,” he said. “We are never going to be blessed by God if we’re a country that kills our children in the womb.”

Santorum similarly commented on the state of the American family and how important strong families are to the success of the country.

“We are never going to be a great country if we allow for the destruction of the American family,” he said, pointing out that “that’s what’s happened over the past 50 years.”

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