I'm less interested in this story itself -- "Casey: Santorum changes his book's wording to avoid controversy" --than in the image on the cover of the book, titled "It Takes a Family" (an obvious rejoinder to "It Takes a Village": Family and children are all-important--but solely the parents' responsibility; don't expect or request any help from, for example, the government). What does the image (below) remind you of? I see, at the literal center of attention and composition, a Madonna and Child, flanked by three adorers (Magi?), as in an Adoration painting. I see a fetishizing, a worship, of the infant to a degree that is exceeded only by Santorum's (who is Catholic) and his fellow "pro-lifers'" fetishizing of the fetus and embryo, to which they seem to accord more value than to any actual person. (I don't, you may be relieved to know, see any great big letters A or V or M. .... Wait...)
(I hope this picture is coming through. I often flub insertion of images. If it isn't, check it out here. Just don't buy it, okay?)
In case you never heard this story, this is from the Santorum entry of my recently published 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America :
Does it get any more “pro-life” than this? In 1996, when Rick and his wife Karen’s son Gabriel was born prematurely and lived for only two hours, the couple refused to let the hospital take the body to the morgue, but instead remained in bed with it overnight, then brought it home to let their other children cuddle. [“The Believer,” New York Times Magazine, 5/22/05] Karen Santorum wrote a book about the experience. If I’m not mistaken, the message was, an unborn child is a person. It’s just everyone else that Santorum doesn’t seem so sure about.