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Wow.
The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say 'now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"
My emphasis.

Dave Weigel reacts:
The coverage of this quote so far doesn't appreciate how mainstream Santorum's point is among pro-life activists. Many pro-life activists consider their work a continuation of other movements that protected human life and elevated the status of people whom the law doesn't consider "human." In the 19th century, it was African-Americans; in the 21st century, it's children in the womb. This is a common point at the annual March for Life. In 2009, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry told activists at the pro-life event: "You are the new abolitionists. You are the new civil-rights movement."

Is this something that'll get Santorum negative stories? Sure, although the choice for him presently is between negative and nothing. Is this something that pro-life voters disagree with? No: They, too, fail to see how the rest of the country misses the connection between the abolitionist movement and the fight to give unborn children the same rights as everyone else.
Two thoughts:

1) I fail to see the logic in Santorum's idea because -- regardless of what you think about abortion -- he is essentially saying that 'all black men are pro-life'. It is the epitome of pre-judgement to assume that someone has a certain opinion based solely on their racial identity. Santorum is lumping an entire group of people together and asserting that they all think/feel in the same way.

2) The idea that the pro-life movement looks at their cause as the 'fight to give unborn children the same rights as everyone else' seems more-than-somewhat divergent with social conservatives' view that people who are gay should not be allowed to marry or adopt. If people who are pro-life feel that civil rights is a big issue, then why don't they feel that gay marriage is as important as saving unborn children? If the major issue is providing the same rights to all people, these two positions seem at odds with one and other.