Now that Santorum is being thoroughly vetted, he’s also being forced to defend comments he made about women in the past.
For example, Santorum once said that women had been brainwashed into believing that working outside the home was the only arena where they could be successful.
Even more inflammatory, once during a campaign stop for a Senatorial campaign, Santorum said that women should be denied welfare until they’d had a paternity test and told the government who the father of their child was. “If you don’t tell us who the father is, you’re not eligible for any welfare benefits, none, not even medical care. You tell us who the father is or you don’t receive benefits,” said Santorum.
Santorum argued that this impediment to welfare could help single mothers slow their sex lives. “If Mom knows that she isn’t gonna receive welfare if she doesn’t tell us who Dad is, y’know maybe she’ll be a little more careful, maybe,” he said.