Political, Soft

Sarah Palin is Pro-Choice

Saturday, September 6, 2008  

Many so called “pro-lifers” mistakenly equate abortion rights with favoring abortion. That is far from the truth. The right to abortion is about putting the decision in the hands of the pregnant woman (and her god, if she believes in one) rather than the government imposing its values on her. Mario Cuomo, the former New York governor of Catholic faith, has always been personally against abortion but a supporter of the right to abortion. This is an important example. To support abortion rights, one does not have to choose abortion — and many pro-choice people are anti-abortion — but respects the choice a woman makes, whether she keeps her baby or not.

A timely example is in the current presidential campaign. This was a quote from CNN about Sarah Palin concerning her pregnant teenage daughter:

Sarah and her husband, Todd Palin, issued a statement saying they are “proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.”

Notice the word “decision.” That is an important one. It sounds to me that vice-president-elect Palin supports her daughter’s right to make the decision. I have heard similar wording to her personal “choice” in keeping her own baby with Down Syndrome.  Those are the words of a supporter of abortion rights.

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