Posted by: shannynmoore | September 1, 2008

Juno in Juneau…Palin’s No Choice

Is this really the story? Really? This is the Jerry Springer-ish angle the country is getting on the Palin’s life. Juno in Juneau. I think it’s sad. It is detracting from the real conversation this election promised to bring. The economy, environment, education, progressive development, foreign policy, health care; all conversations I looked forward to. With McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, we are thrown back to the Rovian conversations of guns, God, and abortion.

I love the thought of privacy for all. The Bush administration, with the support of many elected officials on both sides of the aisle, recently passed the FISA bill. The 4th Amendment to the Constitution; the privacy of the telephone conversations and emails of Americans, has been replaced with immunity to lawbreaking telecoms. Suddenly the privacy of candidates is being touted as a right. Can you imagine if Chelsea Clinton had been pregnant and unmarried during this campaign? And she isn’t a teenager.

I’m pro-choice. I’m anti-abortion. I congratulated Sarah Palin when she announced her pregnancy, and on Friday the 18th of April, thanks to Dennis Zaki, we broke the news to Alaska that her son had been born. Details of that delivery came days later. From the first day I supported Sarah and Todd Palin’s choice. They have tremendous resources of family support, employment, health insurance, and I figured they knew what they could handle. And they are. When the news came after the birth that there were special needs, I didn’t question her decision to remain pregnant. IT’S NONE OF MY BUSINESS. With news of Bristol’s pregnancy, I have the same feeling. So why am I writing about it? Because the respect I give to her family about reproduction is not reciprocated.

When Sarah was campaigning, I asked with Alaska having the highest rates of incest and rape, was she anti-choice under these conditions. She said under any circumstances she thought abortion should not be a choice. She also said during that campaign that she would choose “life” if her own daughter were raped. She supported abstinence only taught in the schools. In these instances, Alaska has real families making decisions that aren’t the same as the Palins have made. I trust people to make their own decisions. Why does any of this matter? The next administration will have several Supreme Court nominations. You see, unlike the current administration, Sarah believes what she says. The Bush/Cheney/Rove belief is that it is a carrot to get their base to vote. Sarah lives it, and will justify law changes by her own personal, family, PRIVATE decisions.

Sarah Palin is not Pro-Life, she is No-Choice.

A forty-four year old woman whose husband just left her for a 24 year old beautician, has 2 kids in college, hasn’t worked before, and just found out before that no good bastard left her, he planted a bun in the oven. She doesn’t have health insurance, looking for a job, heart broken, finds out the bun in the oven has complications. Should any one tell her she has no choice? A twelve year old, raped by an uncle, now pregnant. Who can tell her parents they have no choice? Do you think this is dramatic? Do you think these things don’t happen? They do.

Sarah Palin is not Pro-Life, she is No-Choice.


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