I am not someone who follows the US elections with a passion and observation of the detail. However, I was at lunch with some colleagues this week and one of them expressed their concern at Rick Santorum, apart from the name I knew little of him so having had my antennae raised I have listened and read when his name has appeared.
I don’t support his conservative approach to many issues but I read with interest and article in Time March 5, 2012 by Joe Klein ‘Rich Santorum’s Inconvenient Trust’s and I would agree with Klein that Santorum is talking about issues that so often we seek to avoid and especially Politian’s. The article talks specifically about our desire for choice. Choice drives many issues today – choice in education, choice in health and of cause choice in life and death.
Santorum has a daughter who has a genetic disorder which means that she will die early and the article states that nearly 90% of all such children in the US would have been aborted – this is along with his faith drives Santorum to talk about the difficult issue of abortion.
I would suspect that I would describe my approach to this issue as pro choice rather than pro live although if it were a continuum I would be somewhere along it moving towards pro life when it relates to my choice and then enabling choice when it related to others – if that makes any sense.
When talking about choice, related to any topic, we often fail to discuss the impact of our choice on others and to the reality that in society it is related to the avoidance of personal inconvenience.
‘All right, I can hear you saying, the Santorum family’s course may be admirable, but shouldn’t we have the right to makes our own choice? Yes, I suppose. But I also worry that we’ve become too averse to personal inconvenience as a society – that we’re less rigorous parents than w e should be, that we’ve farmed out our responsibilities, especially for the disabled, to the state – and I’m grateful to Santorum for forcing on me the discomfort of having to think about moral implications f his daughter’s smile.’
So am I.