Palin’s Coded Anti-Abortion Support

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 6:00 am

Sarah Palin and her son, Trig. (flickr Sparky05)

HERSHEY, Pa. — During Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s last swing through battleground states this week, boisterous supporters cheer almost on cue when she delivers her stump speech.

Few lines get a more deep-felt roar of approval than her signature issue — support for children with disabilities.

Palin’s words strike deeper than just with parents who come to her rallies because one of their children has a disability.

Social conservatives cheer when Palin talks about the value of all children because her words are a subtle but clear signal of her staunch anti-abortion views. She talks about special-needs education in words and phrases generally associated with the anti-abortion movement, effectively reminding anti-abortion voters that she shares and supports their view.

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

During a stop Sunday in Asheville, N.C., Palin told a raucous audience that she plans on “ushering in that spirit” of prioritizing children if she becomes vice president.

“John [McCain] and I have a vision of America where every innocent life counts,” Palin told a crowd at a high-school football stadium in Roanoke, Va., the next day. “Where everyone has a chance to contribute and every child is cherished. And that’s the spirit I want to bring to Washington, D.C.”

Palin, a mother of five, gave birth to her youngest son, Trig, in April. She knew he would be born with Down syndrome. On the stump, she talks about how, through prayer, she prepared herself for the challenges of welcoming the new member of her family. She tells crowds that when she and her husband, Todd Palin, saw Trig for the first time, he was “perfect” in their eyes — and now they consider him a “blessing.”

The issue of special-needs kids resonates with families eager to have a public figure so ready and able to prioritize programs for their children.

But Palin’s words appeal to many more of her supporters for what they signal. Her personal story is leavened with language regularly used by the anti-abortion movement — including phrases like “spirit” and “culture of life.” It allows her to reach the GOP’s anti-abortion base without actually talking about reproductive health issues.

Palin has spoken about her anti-abortion views publicly. During a debate in the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial campaign, Palin said she would be against abortion even in the event her daughter was raped. She said she only supports abortion in instances where the life of the mother is endangered.

During the presidential campaign, Palin has been more cautious in outlining the specifics of her beliefs.

Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate agree that Palin doesn’t need to be direct. By discussing her plans for special-needs children and touching on her own story, she galvanizes the arm of the GOP base that lists abortion as a top issue. At the same time, she runs less of a risk of alienating pro-abortion rights voters.

“She is able to talk about the life issue without talking about abortion, because everybody knows her personal circumstance,” said Janice Crouse, a political commentator from Concerned Women of America, a conservative nonprofit public-policy group that opposes abortion rights.

“She is able to talk about issues just with her personal life,” Crouse said, “without having to bring up the political kind of rhetoric that people are so tired of. Instead, she talks about it from a personal standpoint, and that makes it very palatable for people.”

Palin’s strategy is not new in the anti-abortion-rights movement.

Caitlin E. Borgmann, a professor at the City University of New York’s Law School who writes the Reproductive Rights Prof blog, says “special code words” and euphemisms have served anti-abortion activists well.

After the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade in 1973, the anti-abortion movement aimed to reduce access to abortion incrementally rather than by an outright ban.

Campaigns targeted seemingly narrow goals, including laws requiring 24-hour waiting periods or parental notification before a woman, or woman under 18, could undergo an abortion.

Anti-abortion voters tend to be more conscious of the broader strategy, while pro-abortion rights voters tend to see such initiatives as discrete measures.

Borgmann said language helps this dichotomy between galvanizing the base and not alienating moderates and liberals.

“The movement and the supporter know it’s part of this larger strategy,” Borgmann said, referring to discrete measures and specific language. Borgmann noted that pro-abortion rights voters tend to be less aware of, or sensitive to, the tactics and wording.

Palin has used some of the most common terminology like “a culture of life” in referring to abortion.

Her comments about special-needs children have a similar feel. Rather than talking broadly about people with special needs, her focus is on children and families. She frames it as a family issue.

In her first major policy speech, Palin focused on how she plans to prioritize funding for special-needs education. She said she would work for the full funding of a federal law that matches state funds for special education.

She couched her policy discussion in a broad discussion of the value of every child’s life.

“Too often, even in our own day, children with special needs have been set apart and excluded,” Palin said during an address in Arlington, Va. “Too often, they are made to feel that there is no place for them in the life of our country, that they don’t count or have nothing to contribute. This attitude is a grave disservice to these beautiful children, to their families and to our country — and I will work to change it.”

Borgmann noted that such phrasing is an example of reaching the base without turning off more moderate or even liberal voters.

It’s an important line for Palin to walk. Even if her crowds hold more extreme views than most voters, she must remember she is being broadcast live on national TV.

A recent ABC News poll shows that 53 percent of likely voters now say the economy is the most important issue, well above any social issue. Only about 6 percent of voters now say abortion, marriage and gun rights are their top issue for the 2008 presidential race, according to a Newsweek poll from last week.

Palin has been careful discussing her anti-abortion views during previous campaigns. In 2006, when running for governor of Alaska, she avoided talking about her anti-abortion views at major events.

The state of Alaska has strong legal protections for abortion rights, including an explicit right to privacy in the state constitution, and the electorate is not largely concerned about the issue.

Clover Simon, head of Planned Parenthood Alaska, said Palin only touches on reproductive rights explicitly at “really targeted events,” where supporters are staunchly anti-abortion.

In her year and a half as governor, before being tapped for the GOP presidential ticket, Palin had not pushed for any policy changes on abortion. Her anti-abortion supporters have said they are hopeful she might still make it a priority, if she returns to Alaska as governor.

In the meantime, to continue reaching out to her base, Palin only needs to hint at her record — and her plans — to let them know her views. Without getting into the specifics of her policies, her supporters know where she stands.

“As governor,” Palin said in a recent speech in Johnstown, Pa., “what I’ve been able to do is kind of manifest my commitment to life.”

Comments

102 Comments

SFC Richard DuLac (USA Ret)
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 4:31 am

I understand the anti abortion issue. but is this the only reason that she is the vp candidate, because we have much bigger problems than this right now in the world Gov Palin! even in your own state! (Sen Stevens) get with the program! you are supposed to be the one representing “all” of us, though what I see is you representing your own selfish agenda. As a lifelong Republican and recent military retiree I will be voting democratic for the first time in my life, because it is obvious that the GOP has been “hijacked” by a right wing religious agenda.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 5:39 am

I beg to differ with you Rich, and as a military vet as well, the left's stance has never made sense to me on this issue. It really comes down to they are against capital punishment but abortion is ok. So I have found it extremely difficult to reconcile with myself that I would be saying it is ok for a woman to take a childs life who cannot defend itself, yet their stance wants to blanketly say it's not ok to forefeit the life of a person who has made a sport of preying on the innocent. That is just not right,no matter how you “wordsmith” it.

Now I do agree there are other issues in this election, but as I have said all along, people really don't realize they have no choice. Disheartening isn't it. Neither are quite what they seem. I would not however call someone with 5 children saerving a “selfish” agenda when it comes to their policy on children. I'd say she has a much better view on this topic than you or I ever will. How many babies have you and I had between us? NONE. So let's stop talking for them, and let them talk themselves about it. We seem to want them to fill that roll, well, their opinions should matter for something when it comes to that.


vakay
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:01 am

This mother with a special need child is not buying Palin's lies. This woman originally was against funding for special need children. Now, she claimed she want to fight for us. It's sick to see her using her child and lying across the country just to get elected. Please, this woman has enough money to take care of her child. Why the hell would she care about other special need families? She never cared before.. she will not care anytime except saying now because she needs to win in these final days. If she really cares about special need children… she needs to go home and take care of her own child. What a money hungry embarrassment.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:23 am

Vakay – Your comments are really disturbing. What is your “Solid” and “Morally Correct” alternative she
SHOULD HAVE pursued with her children while on the trail? A nanny? I find women who are really outspoken on other mothers approaches (short of child abuse issues) typically the ones that have the plank in their eye while complaining about the splinter in someone elses eye. Easy to always find fault with someone else, but never address your own inequites.

Enough money? Seems to have pretty humble roots to me, and while she has a nifty salary, I doubt her money is stretching much farther than mine. My six figure income doesn't go all that far anymore. And for us to presume we know wxactly why she would turn down funding for special needs children is ludicrous. Much like the big boys in the political arena. They love to point out who did or didn't vote for this or that. But they never talk about the spending bill attachments that pertain to things they could not vote for, but are only sold they didn't support the name on the bill…….a little short sighted vakay. I guress you'd be ok if she voted for the bill if it also said you were also required to house 4 illegal aliens in your home.


hottopics
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:46 am

Why won't Sarah Palin release her medical records. What is so hard about releasing this information?


Heather
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:40 am

And the funniest part is, they have no intention of actually making abortion illegal. 7 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices are currently republican appointees, and yet…

I mean, why fix an automatic election issue.


MarineforObama
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:43 am

If Republicans are for shrinking government, then keep them out of my womb and respect my privacy. Remember it is the Rethuglicans who support domestic spying via the Patriot Act, spying on military personnel no less. Less government? How about more and restored privacy?


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:53 am

The only pro-abortion candidate is Sarah Palin. Let me explain for those of you who have been so blinded by the obvious fact. Mrs. Palin is two-thirds Pro-Lif which is in case of incest or rape, a woman must be forced to bear a rapists child, but when it comes to her own life Sarah Palin is Pro-Abortion. She approves any woman's right (notice not just hers) to kill a fetus during the 3rd trimester of during labor is the life of the mother is in danger, making her 1/3 Pro-Abortion. If you combine all the stances she is undeniably PRO-CHOICE! The problem with the approval of her Pro-Abortion choice is ungodly and cowardly coming from a Christian woman and all women should be outraged. Anyone who tries to force ther religious values on millions of families belonging to other religions or denominations is a hypocrite! How hypocritical can you be preaching love for god and when he calls you to heaven you opt to kill a fetus and escape death? Shame on you and all of you who have ignored this fact. There are more faith based supporters of Pro-Choice who will never cowardly kill their fetuses to escape death if they truly believe their creator exists!


Andy
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:55 am

Here's a question… just as there are no atheists in foxholes…how many mothers of rape impregnated teenagers oppose abortion? You're telling me if Todd Palin got Bristol pregnant that Sarah would want her to have the baby?

Palin supports having babies even in cases of rape and incest. Thats a fact


Andy
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:01 am

Janemas I admire your decision to personally die rather than have an abortion. Wow! And that would be an interesting final outcome because there's no way your baby would be as crazy as you! Do you handle serpents and drink polson? You inbred hillbilly!!!!


Chkit
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:06 am

My body, my business. The government or anyone else should have no say in what I choose to do with it and with what is inside it. She's cut funding for the Special Olympics in her state. In her speech she mad fun of funding for the study of fruit flies in France. if she really knew what she was talking about she'd realize the study of fruit flies are important in helping us find out more about autism and a number of other issues with the people on this planet and the planet itself. Why France? Because our country doesn't have the proper equipment and scientists to perform this kind of research. This was told to me by a friend who is in the science field.

So the next time she's going to give a speech about special needs children, she should read some of those magazines or books she couldn't remember the name of when being interviewed by Couric.


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:09 am

Andy dear, I'm making a point against Palin's false claim that she's PRO-LIFE and all those who ignore the truth that she is in fact Pro-Choice. You cannot be Pro-Life, call yourself Christian, and KILL a fetus, yet force others to bear a stranger's or your brother's, uncle's or father's child. Now that is insane. So I place myself as a TRUE CHRISTIAN and make a REAL argument against the cruelty of right-wing Christians nuts who want to impose their religious views on people they could care less for.


TXAParent
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:16 am

And, janemas, it is your CHOICE to have the baby even if your health or life is at stake. To me, being pro-choice means that I respect your right to make that very personal choice.


RuffNReddy
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:24 am

It's simple…. Quite activism.

I did this already, and so have many of my friends, male and female.
Make an Honorary Donation in Sarah Palin's name to Planned Parenthood.

When the donation is made, PP will send a thank you card to Ms. Palin.
They ask for an address so, use the McCain base address (found on the website).

You help out Planned Parenthood and you sock it to Palin in on fell swoop.
There's no need to put women through the inevitable tortures of choosing, mentally or physically.
If you've never been on that path, you can't speak as if you've worn those shoes.

ProChoice is not about abortion as a birth control, it's about avoiding that possibilty, safely.
ProChoice activists want to avoid abortion as much as anyone else and by teaching sex-ed the hope is that it will never come to that.

There's no denying that we ALL discover sex one way or another but, in these modern times, with
all we know about disease, birth rates, over population, poverty, rape, incest, reproductive health…
why in god's name would we deny our own flesh and blood the right to this information?
To make them suffer? To tell them 'I told you so'? Because you're so uptight about your own sexuality that you can't accept that millions of other people out there have great sex, safely?

These are contemporary issues, let's get on the bandwagon and be responsible already!
For our kids and future kids, planned or not.
Awareness and responsibility. Because abstinence just isn't working.
(Just look at Bristol palin)


NYCEditor
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:31 am

Before Palin had a special needs child, she cut special needs funding in Alaska. Apparently it's a cause dear to her heart only now that it affects her.


Coonsey
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:32 am

She's probably spent a total of 2 weeks with that child — so much for loving and caring for it. I think the sister is playing mom not Sarah.


Coonsey
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:34 am

Yes, I'd be curious about Palin's medical records. Has SHE ever had an abortion?


i want to sleep in my crib
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:35 am

cute baby, crazy mother


Valdanis
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:36 am

So, in order to appeal to more voters, she should be more hypocritical still? I wonder what her views would be if she would be the one to be raped. I don't think she cares about anybody but herself. Just look at the pictures of her holding her new baby at the beginning of her quest for VP and at the recent ones. She seems to hold him tighter and warmer now, than he is useful to her to make her point… Shame on her! I wouldn't wish she was my mother! AMERICAN WOMEN, BE VEEEEERY AFRAID OF HER!!!


Valdanis
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:40 am

Yes, and is that baby really hers? She didn't look pregnant at all at …8 months into this pregnancy, but looked really round with one of her other children (at 8 months, as well). There are pictures available on the net.


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:47 am

lol it is obvious and I bet he's calling Bristol or Piper mommy. She uses the poor baby when he should be sleeping as a prop at 11pm during rally's and tv speeches. Is this sexist? No way but I know some christians who would be outraged, yet they are silent on this.


Beth
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:50 am

Ms. McGann: Funny that in an article highlighting the importance of language and choice of words, YOU have chosen to use the term “pro-abortion.” No one is “pro-abortion.” Many of us are “pro-choice” but may choose to NOT have an abortion, ever, while respecting that other women have the right to make that same decision for themselves. I've been in the pro-choice movement for years and have yet to meet anyone who is FOR abortion. We simply believe that it should be one of 3 options available to any pregnant woman or girl, and that she has the right to access any of these options, safely and freely, without judgment or fear of punishment, regardless of her socioeconomic status or any other mitigating factor. Let me repeat: No one is “pro-abortion.” Hmm…that sounds familiar. Oh yes – Barack Obama had to make the same point during one of the presidential debates when John McCain used that same language. Please be more careful in future.


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:50 am

Again, I'm making an observation and placing myself as if I were a true Christian. That is not my real view to die, but it should be my choice. So why are Christians not upset over Palin wanting to kill a Fetus which they claim is a legal human being? I am PRO-CHOICE!


mesuki
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 9:50 am

Palin is such a hypocrite !….She's cut funding for special needs children by 62% in Alaska,but now that she has a special needs child she's changed her tune on the issue. I can't wait for this election to be over,I hope Obama wins cause I can't take another minute of this vile woman or her siekick who's been around since moses!


Andy
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:00 am

Gotcha


Andy
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:09 am

Sorry about the hillbilly line, I was confused by your comment. I haven't really heard a person say that they would rather die than have an abortion… and I suppose it is philosophically noble, but you do have to admit that is not a widely held belief which does make it a hard sell as the belief of a true Christian (not that you're not) because Christianity is so widespread but that particular belief is not. Again I must say that the best part of your statement is that you believe as I do that imposing one's beliefs is patently wrong. The beauty of that is that everyone on Earth could disagree about religion and never step on each others' toes. So not to inquire too much, but what type of church does someone like you attend? I ask because you are a staunch and zealous Christian but you don't want to save everyone and convert them. I live in VA and everyone here who's a devout Christian makes a big point to commit some of their free time to actively and aggressively converting “non-beleivers”.


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:14 am

True, but the one our children have to worry about is her adorable Piper who's a Republican Right-Wing in training!


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:23 am

I'm agnostic. I believe what I see. My whole point is that all those people who call themselves pro lifers are hypocrites because if they believe like Palin that a pregnant woman can abort a fetus to save her own life then THEY are NOT pro-lifers and are in fact PRO-CHOICE. That was my main point. A real pro-lifer would opt to let the baby survive and allow herself to die. It's what every old school woman believed before these fake christians tried to invade our government. Seriously I wouldn't know what I would do if I had a choice to choose between my unborn or myself, but I wouldn't consider it crazy if a woman were to choose to die vs the fetus. At least she proves to be more a christian than Palin even if the woman was an atheist. Some people may think they lived a long life and prefer to give theirs up for another. But the next time someone tells you Palin is Pro-Life remind them she is NOT.


mean person
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:39 am

what a stupid lying whore


ml johnstone
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:40 am

“THE PILL” a book that documents the history of WOMEN Struggling for birth control features the work of pioneer in that movement Margaret Sanger. Right off the bat we hear her account of her mother giving birth to yet another unwanted child.Born as a result of a drunken husband coming home after cashing in his paycheck and having his way with his wife.
Sanger has umpteen stories of the sufferings and of women from botched backroom abortions.
Here in Canada,which some of you Americans may see from your yard,we have honoured Dr. Henry Morgentaler with the Order of Canada award. He went to jail for us. He had compassion for us and he performed safe abortions for us.
Did the Right to Lifers protest about such a prestigious award going to him? You betcha'!
One Catholic priest even handed back his own award as a protest even tho” his church recently had to apologize for the treatment of First Nations children at the Residential schools,rapes included.
Has Ms Palin never read this book or know of the history of womens' struggles with undesirable pregnancies?
What is so very disturbing to me is their belief that the state will somehow care for all these unwanted babies when America has so many children living in poverty. The world has a huge log of babies and children not being cared for, be it from war,AIDS, diseases,abandonment,family crises.
ProLIFERS should and could be putting their energies there.


just askin'
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:41 am

If she was interested in children with special needs, why did she make fun of research for children with Autism. During her coming out policy speech, she rediculed research that has proven most valuable. Perhaps she thinks that Downs Syndrome is the only “special need” that needs attention.


Laura McGann
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:44 am

Hi Beth — I'm careful to say someone is either “pro-abortion rights” or “anti-abortion rights.” I think that is the most direct way to describe the issue.


ml johnstone
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:46 am

should read: of the sufferings and DEATHS


independvoter9
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 10:51 am

She needs to go home and take care of her own kids. DO NOT DICTATE to other women how they should run their lives and make choices. Take care of you own first.


propitiousmoment
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 11:05 am

I actually knew a young couple a few years ago, who were expecting their second child right on the heels of the first. There were many problems with the pregnancy, she was hospitalized for a couple of months at the end, and there was a lot of fear among the drs. that she and/or the baby would not survive the pregnancy, let alone birth. They toughed it out, the mother lived, the baby was born, he had several problems like needing speech therapy, he was pretty fragile, etc. It was admirable the way they stood through it all. HOWEVER I am personally pro-choice and would not require that others facing the same dilemma make the same decision. But I am also “pro-life” in the sense that I would personally rather see us affirm the value of life than make abortion an easy out for irresponsible people – we could do that by making adoption a better option, by not stigmatizing accidental pregnancy, providing better social supports (e.g., child care options) to those who choose to keep their child. Obama said it best – no one is pro-abortion, we need to do a better job of managing the whole thing and that starts with an open and mature approach to sexuality in the first place.


TuffCookie
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 11:14 am

the problem with this woman is that she doesn't seem to take into account what kind of psychological damage raped women go thru. and then to have a kid they did not ask for? so that child can grow up and endure abuse (probably), and the ugly cycle will just continue. has she noticed how many people are just dropping their kids off in Nebraska at that hospital where they're ALLOWED to disown their kids? She needs to review the OTHER side of keeping unwanted children before she opens her legs. i mean trap.


JoeTheAccountant
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 11:46 am

People, I recommend reading the republican party's anti-abortion platform. Palin's carrying that banner.


Independent Mind
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 11:52 am

All this talk of the special olypmics, I would think I walked up on the WET MOP THROW contest by reading all the stupid comment and participants on this blog…..


Crit
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 11:54 am

Palin is vile. By using this phrase “commitment to a culture of life” is hog wash. It's insulting because she's implying anyone supporting abortion rights doesn't have a concern for life. Where is the concern for the mother? Rape absolutely is a valid reason for abortion. Health of the mother is a valid reason for abortion. Even a mother's inability to care for the child is a reason for abortion.

I think that having too many children is also vile. There are too many people in the world. This is religious fanaticism to the extreme. Having a child with Downs syndrome is horrendous. This child will have a terrible life. There is no reason to subject these poor fetuses to a incredibly horrible life.

An I say all this despite being adopted before Roe v. Wade.


notcontainedtwenhatnboots
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

I believe that the reason that Palin & Wasilla refused to pay for the rape kits is because rape kits have the Morning-after Plan-B pill in them. This proves that she will interfere with public policy in order to push these anti-abortion views on all of us- even underage rape victims immediately after she is brutally raped.

She would rather have a vile rapist go completely free than use a pill to prevent 2-cells from being implanted in a raped woman's uterus.


BJD
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

Sorry, but I'm a single, full-time working Mom of a son with Down syndrome, and I find this woman nauseating. Puleeze….gimme a break. Someone needs to inform her that actions speak louder than words. And the fact that she cut Special Olympics funding in Alaska from $550,000 to a mere $275,000 tells me everything I want or need to know. My son is now 17….Sarah's is only 5-6 months old. I don't care WHAT she says. Even with a 13-year-old nephew with autism, she has NO idea yet what is in store for her. Children with Down syndrome are wonderful, and I wouldn't trade my son for anything! But she has only just started on her journey and has a long ways to go, to say the least. And given everything and everyone else that this woman has 'put under the bus', I take her comments about special needs children with a grain of salt!

And the fact that we were both raised in an Assemblies of God church (but I am an Independent voter), well, I think she uses her faith as more of a tool than anything else.

Plus, I was trained as a professional model and, believe me, given this woman's background in 'pageantry,' she'll use whatever she can to get where she wants to go!


BJD
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

To “Crit” re: your comment:

“Having a child with Downs syndrome is horrendous. This child will have a terrible life. There is no reason to subject these poor fetuses to a incredibly horrible life.”

UNTIL YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO HAVE A CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME, SHUT YOUR MOUTH! My son is wonderful and has a wonderful life. This comment only shows your utter lack of any type of knowledge, but it DOES show your ignorance on the subject!


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

Well Ms. McGann thanks for bringing up an important issue, but Palin is more Pro-Abortion then most Pro-Choice individuals or families.


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

The Pill's success was at the expense of Puerto Rican women used as guinea pigs, yet they cannot vote in the presidential elections. Check out La Operation documentary which further details the sterilzation of 2/3rds of these women without their consent or knowledge.

http://librarymedia.org/health/Titles/operacion…


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

“Having a child with Downs syndrome is horrendous. This child will have a terrible life. There is no reason to subject these poor fetuses to a incredibly horrible life.”

Shame on you for saying that! Although as far as evidence has shown me Palin is not leader and an inadequate politician, many of these children live wonderful lives and bring great joy to their families. What you said is not a type of thinking or believing Pro-Choice people would utter. Your comments are uncalled for no matter how hypocritical Palin is. Attacking an innocent child is uncalled for. I do believe Palin is a regular mom like many who LET HER KIDS drink underage and should be ashamed of herself and stop acting like she's a perfect mother, but you were way out of line.


Viva
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

The pro-life movement would have met with much greater success in reducing the number of abortions in the 25 intervening years since Roe vs. Wade, if the had concentrated their efforts on providing support (both financial and facilities) for single moms. If Sarah Palin really wants to reduce the number of abortions, she should consider keeping a record of all of the support that she provides to her daughter, to enable Bristol to complete her education and care for her child, and make that degree of support available for all women.

Sarah Palin might be 'pro-life' but she does not believe in the government programs that provide a life for those children that are born into to straitened circumstances.


Bobby T.
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

I am a Christian. I am a member of the NRA. I am a US Army Veteran. I was the PTA president at my children's school. I have field dressed deer. I am a parent to a child (6 yr old) with Down syndrome. I am an advocate of children with special needs and a member and coprporate sponsor of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta. I am a supporter of the Kennedy Brownback Bill (Pre-natally and Post-natally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act)

No way am I voting for McCain/Palin.

Absolutely no way.


lucy
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

Hmmmm……I've always wondered how she knew she was going to have a Downs child unless she had amnio or CVS – both tests are done to see if anything is wrong with the fetus. Her knowing ahead of time WOULD explain keeping the pregnancy under her hat until the 7th month, since I'm sure she and her husband had to digest the news which must have been quite a shock. You gotta admit, one special needs child and one child in “Eye-rack” trumps one pregnant daughter if you're looking to not appear as a moralistic hypocrite. That poor daughter #2, I'll bet she'll be put on the pill or threatened with death not to spoil any “dreamed of” run for the Presidency in 2012!


dee
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

If her daughter was raped by a black man or a hispanic man would she allow her daughter keep the child or have an abortion. I would like to get an answer from every one who is pro- life


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

We had some what similar thoughts. I think her amnio test was done to see if her life was in danger cause of her age. If it were, she would have aborted it quietly and is why she stayed quiet till the 7th month. Remember she approves of killing a fetus to save her life.


janemas
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

good point! and we must add she does not know how the pill works. she thinks its an abortion pill vs a prevention pill. Dumb woman.


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Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

Is that the title of a book?


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Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

If her daughter was raped by a black man or a hispanic man, Sarah would “field-dress” her own daughter, scraping the fetus out with a dirty, blunt knife.


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Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

I have trouble understanding how GOPs who advocate less govt –”hands off govt” can be for anything that would restrict a woman's right to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Why interject govt policy in an issue that is intensely personal??? Gov Palin and her family sat down and discussed how to handle the teenage daughter's pregnancy and decided together and I presue they did the same when they learned about Trig…. why would they want to limit other families' ability to thoughtfully decided the best course for them in such a situation????


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Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

she's so baby-crazy she'd make her daughter have a 'rape-baby'? So how compassionate will she be toward strangers?

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Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

ok – now are you a plumber? can you get yourself on national tv…PLEASE!?


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Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but that's a bit extreme. Down's Syndrome can be visible in an ultrasound, which would then lead to other tests to confirm that. (There is a sort of fold of flesh at the back of the neck which can be seen.) In People, or OK or one of the magazines that did a profile on her after she was named VP she said she didn't tell any of her children about it – they didn't know until they saw him. Unbelievable.


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Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

Horrendous! You need to volunteer to work with children with downs. They are wonderful, loving, trusting people. How can you make such an ugly comment, are you projecting?


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Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

Most definitely keep the baby. What crime did the baby commit? None. What crime did the father commit? Rape. It is completely unjust that the baby should get the death sentence (abortion) because of the crime of the father (rape). The abortion would not have undone the crime of rape. It would have just added another crime — abortion — a dead child.


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Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

Margaret Sanger was a racist and a fan of Hitler. Read her material before you comment next time…


IUS
Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

Planned Parenthood kills babies and injures their mothers. Women in crisis deserve better than PP and abortion.


XYZ
Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

So what's your point?


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Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

You need professional help


AE PHX
Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

I guess, Andy, that makes you the hillbilly, doesn't it?


Nin
Comment posted October 31, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

I have watched the way she whips that baby around. She will carry him across the stage, show the crowd and dump him on the other side of the stage. He is a prop;

Watch her body language with her daughters at the two hockey games for example. It's the Sarah show. The children are invisible, until they are needed in a photo op.

What is glaringly obvious is that these children have been neglected by their mother. Her oldest son Track abused alchohol and drugs, vandalized property and dropped out of high school. Bristol's own alchoholic adventures are well-chronicled in photos on my sp ace pages and the baby is seen being schlepped around late at night and dumped either with an aide or the two other girls who, if you will notice their body language, crave their mother's attention.

Why aren't the children in school? Is education a “value” that they just don't need up in Alaska? Where is a nanny? A private tutor, and aide or physical/occupational therapist for that sweet little baby?

Lastly, her personal story is suspicious. In every instance where she has climbed up the ladder, she has stabbed in the back each of her mentors, all the way to the top. If she were to serve as veep, I doubt seriously she will be looking to stay within the margins, but rather will do her best to marginalize her own boss.

Palin has yet to release her medical record, which she promised early last week. Today is Friday. The election is Tuesday. What are you hiding Sarah? Treatment for depression? Plastic surgery? The details of Trig?


janemas
Comment posted November 1, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

I didn't say or imply she had a test done to see if the fetus was Downs. I'm saying she wanted to know if her life was in danger so should could have a quiet abortion if it were. In doing the test she found out the unborn was Downs which is no threat to life. I know many women who are democrats, even atheists who keep their Down baby. She did nothing special, something she parades on the stage.


annie
Comment posted November 9, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

“My body, my business. The government or anyone else should have no say in what I choose to do with it and with what is inside it.”

But what's inside you is a human being. So yes, the gov. can say what you do with it as it's purpose is to ensure LIFE, liberty…….for all. If we have laws to protect babies outside the womb, why can we not see that the laws also apply to those inside the womb. I don't see the difference!


annie
Comment posted November 10, 2008 @ 3:30 am

“My body, my business. The government or anyone else should have no say in what I choose to do with it and with what is inside it.”

But what's inside you is a human being. So yes, the gov. can say what you do with it as it's purpose is to ensure LIFE, liberty…….for all. If we have laws to protect babies outside the womb, why can we not see that the laws also apply to those inside the womb. I don't see the difference!


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