Rick Santorum’s wife attacked for once dating an abortion doctor

Today in news about a candidate for president that shouldn’t matter but will, Rick Santorum‘s wife is getting slammed in South Carolina flyers for her relationship with an “abortionist.” The flyers say:

Did you know Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, had a six-year affair with an abortionist named Tom Allen?” anti-abortion activist Elizabeth Reichert writes in the letter. “This abortion doctor was 30 years her senior! In fact, he delivered her as a baby! The only reason they broke up was that Karen wanted kids — while Tom was busy killing them.

Karen Santorum did date an OB-GYN named Tom Allen in the 1980s when she was in her 20s. Interestingly enough Dr. Allen was in his 60s and it was at the end of this relationship that Mrs. Santorum began dating her now husband Rick Santorum.

Her relationship with Dr. Allen shouldn’t be an issue in the campaign but it likely will be with such a feverish far right anti-choice electorate. Mr. Santorum has been attacked before for not being pro-life enough (hilarious given his stances on contraception) but this attack is quite personal and sadly about his wife who is not even running for office.

Attacks on the candidates spouses and children are always problematic (I’m especially protective of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama girls). Even with a patriarchal anti-woman candidate like Rick Santorum who I dislike politically his wife should be able to have an ex-boyfriend who’s profession isn’t brought up for political use.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sapadu/ Jacqueline Hentzen

    Normally, I’d agree that no politician’s wife should be attacked for any of her dating choices, especially when she isn’t running, but I do find the irony of it being SANTORUM’S wife too hilarious.

    Put another way: We shouldn’t have this problem in the world, but since we do, the silver lining is at least it’s happening to a candidate who really, really, REALLY deserves to get bitten in the ass by this issue arising.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mondocane/ Lisa Kennedy

    Why don’t they just have Bill Cosby running for president? We all know it’s not really about what you want to do or what you actually stand for, it’s about image and family and coziness. And about not ever having anyone’s penis near you or your family. Nothing kills the coziness like the thought of a 60-year-old erect penis parked right in the president’s wife. Obviously, it shouldn’t matter but hey, if your entire campaign is that they’re a lot better than the average folk, and that you want to ban heterosexual buggery because it’s disgusting, they shouldn’t be surprised that the penis entering the picture kills people’s enthusiasm.

  • http://feministing.com/members/blueeyes90/ blueeyes90

    Seriously? Why is this even an issue? She’s not the one running for President, so everyone just leave her alone.

  • http://feministing.com/members/maus/ Meh

    Of course she shouldn’t be slut-shamed, but this could be brought up in SOME positive context considering Santorum’s anti-contraception/premarital/nonprocreative sex bent.

    “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” And also, “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Wow….she dated an OB/GYN? Why did she go to Rick, who seems to fantasize about a return to chastity belts?