Yesterday, a woman that I know through Hannah’s Heart (the infertility and pregnancy loss ministry that I run) posted a link to the Fox News radio show in which political commentator, Alan Colmes makes an absolutely offensive and distasteful remark regarding Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorium.
If you haven’t seen (or heard) the clip, you can view it by clicking here. I encourage you to watch the clip, as Mr. Colmes body language does even more to make you disgusted.
Here is the text of the part that is truly offensive:
“Once they (the voting public) get a load of the crazy things he’s said and done, liking taking his two-hour old baby who died right after childbirth home and played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real.”
Here was my first thought, “What in the world was Mr. Colmes thinking when he chose to make this absolutely reprehensible and offensive comment regarding this tragic personal story?” And my second thought, “Can you imagine being Mrs. Santorium and having to relive this horrible nightmare in the political spotlight?”
Honestly, what is wrong with people today? Just because a person is running for a political office does NOT make their personal lives (or their families) open to mockery and judgment. Obviously, Mr. Colmes is nothing but a heartless politico, with no ethics and definitely no moral character.
In my years of struggling with infertility, I have known many women who have lost their babies due to stillbirth or SIDS. I know many who have suffered 2nd and 3rd trimester losses. Having your baby born into heaven does not, in any way, discount that he/she was your child. That you are their mother. That there were hopes and dreams attached to their lives.
Many of these women have chose to have professional “family” pictures taken. If you read Angie Smith’s book “Bring the Rain”, you will see beautiful pictures of their daughter who only lived a few hours. It is also not uncommon for women in this situation to have the baby spend the night in the hospital room.
From what I have read, the Santorum’s spent many weeks praying for this baby. They knew the outcome was bleak and they chose life for their son, albeit a very short life. They brought their son home, out of the sterile insensitive hospital environment, to spend time in prayer and personal grief. They did not “play” with this child. Can you imagine, the weeping and wailing? The complete and total heartbreak?
Recently, one of my favorite bloggers, Caleb Wilde, wrote a feature post on Michelle Dugger and her families decision to a) name their baby and b) to hold a private service for their child. His post was eloqent and spoke to the difficulty that any woman has when she experiences pregnancy loss. I can only imagine, what horrific comments Mr. Colmes would have for this family as well.
For, now I am praying for Mrs. Santorum and her family as the deal with the reopened wounds of their tragic loss. I pray for the hope and healing for all women hurt by his comments.
I am appalled at Fox News and Mr. Colmes. I find this commentary disgusting, dirty politics and I am joining with American Family Radio in calling for the termination of Alan Colmes. You can find out more about this Action Alert on the AFA.net website.