ST. PAUL – Sarah Palin says she is “proud” that her 17-year-old daughter, who is five months pregnant, has made a “decision to have her baby.”
Foes of abortion rights are celebrating the decision.
Richard Land, the president of the Southern Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention, says, “The Palin family, in making this choice to affirm life and affirm the baby, is giving a pro-life stance.”
Referring to Palin’s daughter, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, said, “Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father’s example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation.”
Interesting words those: “decision,” “choice,” “choosing.”
Palin and her family are being celebrated for making wise and responsible decisions and choices.
Yet, Palin and her party would deny Americans the right to wise and responsible decisions and choices.
The extreme social conservative and religious right activists who have so enthusiastically embraced Palin’s candidacy do not like the idea in allowing women – or men, for that matter – to have too much say with regard to how they live their lives. This is made exceptionally clear by the Republican platform that was endorsed by the convention Monday, a document that steers far to the right even of the conservative positions taken by Arizona Senator John McCain.
It is now quite clear that the presumptive presidential nominee rejected his own vice-presidential preferences in order to satisfy the right with the Palin pick.
But it goes deeper than that.
There is simply no question that the GOP that meets in St. Paul to grudgingly nominate John McCain for president is Palin’s party.
It is the governor of Alaska who speaks the anti-choice language of the current Republican Party, not just on reproductive rights but on a host of other issues.
The presumptive Republican nominee for vice president is, arguably, the most militant foe of free choice ever to be proposed as a member of a major party ticket.
Palin is not merely opposed to abortion rights.
She said when she entered statewide politics in Alaska that she was as “pro-life as any candidate can be.” She takes the militant position of opposing allowing women to choose to terminate pregnancies even in cases where they have been raped. She also opposes allowing abortions in cases of incest.