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Palin considered having abortion

Updated on May 24, 2011

Wink and Nod: Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin confesses to difficult choices during pregnancy
Sarah Palin confesses to difficult choices during pregnancy

Palin's Hypocrisy

I was trying to figure out how to explain the idea of choice to some of my more conservative friends. It did not take me long to realize that the best example I could ever find was Sarah Palin. Palin, in one of her more vulnerable moments, admitted that she actually thought about having an abortion when she found out her son Trig had Down's Syndrome.

Palin was speaking to a group of conservatives who have her same values. According to Purdum, Palin found out that she was pregnant with her son Trig in Texas. Now I have my issues with Trig's whole birth story, but this is the decision process that she went through, “While out of state, there just for a fleeting moment, I thought, nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know. I thought, Wow, it is easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances and no one would know—no one would ever know. Then when my amniocentesis results came back, showing what they called abnormalities—oh, dear God—I knew, I had instantly an understanding, for that fleeting moment, why someone would believe it could seem possible to change those circumstances, just make it all go away, get some normalcy back in life.”

Of course, Palin did not decide to terminate her pregnancy, but she had a choice to make. These are very revealing statements, but what they really show is the hypocrisy of one who vehemently anti-choice. Palin and others like her would deny the same decision process to every other American woman even in the event of rape and incest.

Palin's son was born with Down's Syndrome. She chose to have her son, even though she chose to hide her pregnancy from her staff and others. The question is, does Palin realize that if she had her way she would not have had those choices to make. Abortion is nasty business, but maybe it is a private matter between the woman and her creator.

That is where the right misunderstands the idea of choice. They think that it was given to women by man when Roe v. Wade was passed, but in truth, the right to choose our paths was given to humans at the dawn of time. One of the things that set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, according to the creation story, is that God gave us the free will. Adam and Eve had the right to choose to eat of the Tree of Knowledge and the right to choose to die. We have the right to choose a life as a Christian or not. We have the right to choose to commit murder or not. The consequences are dire, but you still have that choice.

Sarah Palin made a choice not to have an abortion and that is all other women are asking for: the ability to choose and to live with their choice. Mrs. Palin was a Governor who had the means to care for a child with Down’s. Yet, she and others would take that choice from every other American, even though one of the first gifts God gave to man was the freedom to choose.

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      kate 

      6 years ago

      wonder how many other black guys have nailed that sluty white girl p.s. wonder if sarah has ever thought of being black balled by three or more black guys at the same time

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      thetfin 

      8 years ago

      Would I be wrong in suggesting that perhaps there is a more ethical way to solve China’s problem? I don’t have any suggestions of the top of my head, but I think it is irresponsible and obscenely oppressive of China to rely on killing its own people to solve its problems. But I digress; this is only somewhat pertinent to the topic on hand.

      The question is not whether or not privacy between patient and doctor exists. The question is to what extent privacy exists between doctor and patient. It is inexcusable and illegal for doctors to prescribe murder as if it were Advil. Only in very rare instances should the taking of another human beings life even be considered.

      Those instances are tragic, no doubt, but I fail to see how they justify abortion as a form of birth control in an age where fatalities related to pregnancy are considered rare.

      Ending abortion isn’t about judging people who desire or choose them. It’s about seeking civil justice and liberty for everyone—not just focusing on women. Anyone who judges women who have had abortions does a great disservice to the pro-life cause and to humanity in general. That being said, our current legal system punishes people for taking lives. Although I agree with you that only God’s judgment truly matters in the end, I also believe that integrity is essential to being Christian. Besides, we are not ‘at the end’, as it were. We are here and now and we have to take into consideration what ways are and are not appropriate for conducting our lives. Your anecdote is no reason to create inconsistencies in the enforcement of law.

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      Bruce Bean 

      8 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Thetfin do you know why women in China--and it is only China--are forced to have abortions, because the country is overcrowded and filled with unwanted children.

      Fact: You have a right to privacy when it comes to medical decisions between you and your doctor.

      Fact: Women have always had abortions from ancient times to today. American women, in particular, suffered painful deaths and illnesses because abortions were illegal.

      Fact: God, in the bible, calls on us not to judge others, but to allow him to be their judge.

      What gives the Right the power to be judge and jury of a woman an her doctor?

    • habueld profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Bean 

      8 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Thetfin do you know why women in China--and it is only China--are forced to have abortions, because the country is overcrowded and filled with unwanted children.

      Fact: You have a right to privacy when it comes to medical decisions between you and your doctor.

      Fact: Women have always had abortions from ancient times to today. American women, in particular, suffered painful deaths and illnesses because abortions were illegal.

      Fact: God, in the bible, calls on us not to judge others, but to allow him to be their judge.

      What gives the Right the power to be judge and jury of a woman an her doctor?

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      Bruce Bean 

      8 years ago from Riverside, CA

      In context, the speech was about abortion. She was talking about "CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES". She went through the same process that other women I have spoken too went through when they decided to have an abortion. "I don't have to go through this. I can go somewhere where no on knows me and get rid of this problems. I'm not ready for this and I need to change my circumstances." No one calls it abortion. That is what she is talking about.

      She made a choice, how dare she take that choice away from other women.

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      William R Bowen Jr 

      8 years ago

      Where's the quote where she says that she considered abortion? I saw an interview where she said that she thought about what other women have to go through in making such choices, but I heard nothing which suggested that she "considered" it. Perhaps, if you could add to this article what she actually said, that might add some clarity to your point.

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      thetfin 

      9 years ago

      Sorry but I'm afraid I don't follow this logic. 'Maximising' the rights available to humans is a self-defeating goal. If I were to lobby for everyone to have the right to kill other humans because denying such a right would limit our choices I would be shot down. Why? Because our right to choose to kill takes away the rights of other humans, which contradicts the main defense of the pro-choice position which is that people should not be denied rights.

      In regards to Sarah Palin's insights, Understanding why people do things is vastly different from understanding why people should or shouldn't be allowed to do those things.

      Make no mistake, abortion does not protect women's rights. In many countries approximately half of all aborted children are female. In Countries like China where families are allowed only a single child, the ratio of terminated girls is even higher. If female rights are important, why aren't these female lives being protected?

      We cannot have rights without the right to life, therefore it is sensible to protect life if our goal is truly to protect human rights.

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