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Rick Santorum Speaks at Pro-Life Event in Midland

Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Pro-life or pro-choice? The decision to keep a baby is still controversial around the United States. On Thursday night, The Life Center held an annual fundraiser at the Midland Center to talk about the importance of helping unsure women find a way to have their children.

Former political candidate Rick Santorum was among the crowd at the event. 

"I think that is one of the basic problems we've had in this country is we've seen an erosion of the respect for all human life and it starts in the womb," Santorum told NewsWest 9. 
 
The pro-choice side of the issue was not at The Midland Center so NewsWest 9 went to Austin. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is an organization that is disappointed in the lack of family planning options on our side of the state. Executive Director Heather Busby says it means a lot less options.

"With the loss of the Planned Parenthood clinics in West Texas and the family planning clinics in general, the citizens of West Texas have lost access to preventative healthcare, to screenings for cancer, for sexually transmitted infections and treatment both for men and women as well as access to safe, legal, abortion providers," Busby said.

Last year, The Life Center raised $800,000 with the same event held Thursday night.

While NewsWest 9 was at the event, Santorum was asked if he would run for the Oval Office again in three years. He was a potential candidate in 2012.

"I'm open to it. I'm not in the position to be making any decisions right now with three years away. We're about as far away this year as you can be for an election. It's a tough decision to make but certainly the country is not doing well under the leadership in Washington D.C. It starts at the top and obviously, I would have liked to be in a different position than I'm standing here today. We'll see whether I go for another one but I'm open to it," Santorum said.

NewsWest 9 did ask Midland Memorial Hospital if they have seen any cases of self abortions since the closure of Planned Parenthood. They said no and said there is no way to track cases like that on a large scale. 

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