Santorum: Our Abortion Was Different In October, 1996, his wife Karen had a second trimester abortion. They don’t like to describe it that way. In his 2004 interview with Terry Gross, Santorum characterizes the fetus, who must be treated as an autonomous person, as a practically a gunslinging threat, whom the mother must murder in self-defense. Karen has had to justify her decision to save her own life by explaining that if she died her other children would have lost a mother.
Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming — or worse yet, being dull -- but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
This is a deeply moving and poignant interview. In the interview Terry Gross names the pain of Sister Pat Farrell as she deals with the vow of obedience and the ability to have a questioning theological mind in the church. I greatly recommend this interview for those interested in the role of women in any church structure.