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  •  Karen Santorum . . . A Life of Her Own! (2+ / 0-)
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    But Mrs. Santorum, 51, apparently wasn’t always committed to the cause. In fact, her live-in partner through most of her 20s was Tom Allen, a Pittsburgh obstetrician and abortion provider 40 years older than she, who remains an outspoken crusader for reproductive rights and liberal ideals. Dr. Allen has known Mrs. Santorum, born Karen Garver, her entire life: he delivered her in 1960.
     “Karen was a lovely girl, very intelligent and sweet,” says Allen, who at 92 uses a walker but retains a sly smile. A wine aficionado who frequented the Pittsburgh Symphony and was active in the local chapter of the ACLU, he lives with his wife of 16 years, Judi—they started dating in 1989, soon after he and Garver split—in the same large detached row house where he lived with the woman who would become Santorum’s wife. He and Garver also lived for several years in another house a few blocks away. “Karen had no problems with what I did for a living,” says Allen, who helped start one of the first hospital-sanctioned abortion clinics in Pennsylvania. “We never really discussed it.” (The Santorum campaign did not return repeated requests for comment on the relationship.)

    The six-year-long May-December affair, which was always out in the open, began in 1982, when Garver was a 22-year-old nursing student at Duquesne University. Allen was then 63. He was well known for delivering babies and helping to start a “therapeutic abortion” clinic at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh years before Roe v. Wade. As at most such clinics, sympathetic psychiatrists of the era attested to women’s fragile mental health as a way to skirt restrictions on the procedure. Rick Santorum has lampooned the notion that abortion statutes should contain exceptions in cases where women’s health is at risk.

    Yes, you are the spouse of Mr. Santorum, and Yes, your privacy should normally be protected, However, as you  stand SANCTIMONIOUSLY by your Husband as he attacks Women, perhaps you could answer a few questions of your own:

    1)  Did you use Birth Control Pills while you lived with your older boyfriends?

    2)  If you did, do you think that you were a Slut, as your husband's friend, Rush Limbaugh, has called other women who used birth control pills?

    3) Do you agree with your husband in his attacks on women's to choose?

    4) Do you think that your older boyfriend, the abortion provider should have been executed as your current husband, and many others in the GOP, currently propose?

    Impeach Grover Norquist! Defeat a Republican!

    by NM Ray on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 05:00:39 PM PDT

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