Rick Santorum On Opposition To Abortion In Cases Of Rape: 'Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation'

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During an interview on Friday with Piers Morgan, Rick Santorum defended his pro-life position on abortion in all cases, even rape. He was presented with the situation in which his daughter had been raped, became pregnant, and was asking him for an abortion. Santorum said he would explain to her to "make the best out of the situation" because the baby was a gift from God in a "broken" way. The comment is made with empathy while still defending his pro-life position.

Santorum argues using primarily pathos, appealing to the religious and emotional sides of his pro-life supporting audience. He uses words such as "horribly" and "broken" to illustrate he's in touch with the emotional stresses on an unplanned pregnancy. He also appeals to the religious beliefs (which I don't know if they can be argued as logos or ethos) by mentioning that each child conceived is a child of God.

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I listened to the interview. Did you get the feeling that the questions the interviewer was asking Rick Santorum were in a way trying to put certain words into his mouth? I think he did. He even interrupted Rick many times. But Rick did a great job of being respectful and responding well.
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