In light of Senator Barbara Boxer’s inane questioning of Condoleezza Rice yesterday, Rusty from the blog New Covenant points us back to the following exchange between Mrs. Boxer and Senator Rick Santorum:
Mr. SANTORUM. What we are talking about here with partial birth, as the Senator from California knows, is the baby is in the process of being born——
Mrs. BOXER. In the process of being born. This is why this conversation makes no sense, because to me it is obvious when a baby is born; to you it isn’t obvious.
Mr. SANTORUM. Maybe you can make it obvious to me. What you are suggesting is if the baby’s foot is still inside of the mother, that baby can then still be killed.
Mrs. BOXER. I am not suggesting that.
Mr. SANTORUM. I am asking.
Mrs. BOXER. I am absolutely not suggesting that. You asked me a question, in essence, when the baby is born.
Mr. SANTORUM. I am asking you again. Can you answer that?
Mrs. BOXER. I will answer the question when the baby is born. The baby is born when the baby is outside the mother’s body. The baby is born.
Mr. SANTORUM. I am not going to put words in your mouth——
Mrs. BOXER. I hope not.
Mr. SANTORUM. But, again, what you are suggesting is if the baby’s toe is inside the mother, you can, in fact, kill that baby.
Mrs. BOXER. Absolutely not.
Mr. SANTORUM. OK. So if the baby’s toe is in, you can’t kill the baby. How about if the baby’s foot is in?
Mrs. BOXER. You are the one who is making these statements.
Mr. SANTORUM. We are trying to draw a line here.
Mrs. BOXER. I am not answering these questions.