Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trashing Sarah Palin's Pro-Life Credentials

Some people just aren't happy unless they can trash any and every candidate for office as being too "impure" to receive their vote. Gov. Sarah Palin appears to be no exception to their "pox on both your houses" worldview.

As I wrote yesterday, Sen. McCain's position on ESCR is abominable, and his running an ad touting his ESCR advocacy has me seriously reconsidering my decision to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket (which support was premised solely on the person whose name is at the bottom of the ticket).

But make no mistake. I don't for one minute believe that Gov. Palin shares Sen. McCain's view on ESCR. I believe her to be a walk-the-walk-and-talk-the-talk 100% pro-lifer. I may be proven wrong in this regard, but until there is some SOLID evidence that Gov. Palin supports this abomination, I will continue to believe that she (as she has stated in the past), in fact, does not.

Those who would read her interview with Charlie Gibson as evidencing that her views are something other than solidly pro-life are giving her words the most uncharitable of readings. She deserves the benefit of the doubt. (I mean, right there on national TV she defended her opposition to rape and incest exceptions to abortion, and argued against ESCR while noting that other forms of stem-cell research were more promising, yet certain fault finders are going to parse her words to make her sound like a frickin' "cannibal"? Please.)

Fortunately, the calumny against Gov. Palin isn't going unanswered.

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At 9/16/2008 5:50 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

Sarah Palin not pro-life enough? This is the mantra for those who do not intend to ever vote for a candidate who exists in this frame of reality. No candidate as pro-life as Sarah Palin has ever run on a national ticket before, and it is irritating in the extreme, although not in the least surprising, to see pro-lifers of all people take pot shots at her. Circular firing squads are not effective means of winning elections.

At 9/16/2008 5:56 AM, Blogger Brian said...

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At 9/16/2008 5:58 AM, Blogger Brian said...

I think we are being distracted; focus on McCain, his words and actions. We are not voting for a team, but for a single person to be President.

At 9/16/2008 7:39 AM, Blogger matthew archbold said...

People who just don't want to vote for a Republican are looking for reasons. There's no way you can honestly look at what Sarah Palin says and take away from it that she is for ESCR. Just no way. Thank you for this post.

At 9/16/2008 8:30 AM, Anonymous max said...

Sounds as though they have no more firepower with which to attack her, except what we already know (which of course, is the problem with the left--we embrace her for the very reasons they despie her).

They *are* getting desperate.

At 9/16/2008 8:32 AM, Anonymous ann said...

Perhaps the Republicans should raise the issue of Obama's "Pro-abortion Credentials" so that those who aren't absolutely sure of what he stands for--are made absolutely sure of what he stands for.

At 9/16/2008 8:48 AM, Anonymous lauran said...

How can anyone look at that photo and not fall in love with that baby boy--

Forgive us, Lord, we know not what we do.

At 9/16/2008 11:55 AM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

I wish though that Sarah Palin didn't use the phrase "personally believe" in response to some questions. While I do not doubt that she is actually 100 percent pro-life, that phrase drives me crazy since it is so often used by pro-aborts.

When I saw the stem-cell ad this weekend it certainly pissed me off. Another reminder of his evil position and just because his position on ESCR is less evil than Obama's it still is intrinsically evil.

At 9/16/2008 1:10 PM, Anonymous tip said...

He looks like a little blue bumblebee in that getup he's wairing. So adorable.

Forgive me, but I'm half tempted to give in to the temptation that pro-aborts are worthy of my kicking their a**ses.

At 9/16/2008 1:55 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

A point of clarification: the people I'm talking about who are attacking Gov. Palin's pro-life credential are NOT pro-aborts, but are pro-lifers who are saying that Gov. Palin is not pro-life ENOUGH for their tastes.

Of course, they're making that charge on the basis of a specious reading of her remarks about ESCR to Charlie Gibson.

At 9/16/2008 5:17 PM, Blogger Carol McKinley said...

Wow, I'm surprised at Mark's entries.

Jay - I hope you can be persuaded to take a more in depth look at how the stem cell process actually works and the relatively low (if not non-existent) level of risk of exploiting life in that arena with McCain.

Infertile parents are not going to hand over their lineage to scientific experiments unless they are lobbied very, very aggressively - which McCain will not do (but Obama will). Further, McCain has already proved he will buckle under pressure from pro-lifers with the choice of Palin. (Let's face it, we had to lobby Bush many times on issues.) At least he is prolife and his heart is passionate on the issue of the sanctity of life.

This is going to be a close race and we need all the votes we can get to keep Obama and his appointees out of sovereignty?

At 9/27/2008 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

abortion will exist with or without your being right on the issue. nobody thinks abortion is a good thing. but your view of reality and human treatment is narrow and ultimately harms a lot of people. did you know that in Etheopia the second leading cause of death for pregnant women is illegal abortion. Gee why would that be, well cause they have to many children to feed. Well there is some human treatment for you and I hope you all enjoy basing in your goodness as young women die and suffer so you can feel good about yourself.


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