Is Palin Consistently Prolife?

I’m really bothered by Sarah Palin’s claim that despite having an amniocentesis performed, finding out the results – which to some folks might seem tragic or overwhelming — she carried the pregnancy to term ‘any ole ways’ because she’s pro-life. My thought when I first heard all that . . . . .Big Deal. And now the tidal wave of “support” for her sticking to her alleged “prolife” stance is disgusting especially from quarters I had considered strong progressives and advocates of a woman’s right to choose.

Consistent with her alleged “prolife” stance.  Nooo…. consistency with your ‘prolife’ stance is just that – consistent. Protection of life prior to birth, protection thruout one’s life.  Consistently pro-life brings into the mix issues like the death penalty,waging preemptive war, those things that are uncomfortable and bring out deepness in thought.

There have been many a pro-choice woman who when confronted with an unexpected pregnancy – myself included – had no other thoughts than the obvious: start taking prenatal vitamins, setting up doctor appointments – all the things an expectant mother would do and does.  And two women immediately came to mind when I first heard Palin’s last pregnancy presented in the light it’s being presented.

With one woman, the discovery during an ultrasound of an abnormality of the fetus’ skull (that led to abnormality of the brain) and the very huge likelihood of neurological problems to include cerebral palsy didn’t freak her out. She was pretty darned concerned for sure.  However what she and her husband chose to do was educate and ready themselves on what might be coming.  As it turns out, their son does have cerebral palsy (which was the medical consensus early on).  As for the second woman without divulging the specifics of my friend’s pregnancy, Margo says – her decision, their decision absolutely is consistent with their pro-choice beliefs.  You don’t get to tell another woman what to choose (do), and you don’t get to specifically make laws that alleviate those choices for women.

Afterthoughts:  I know all three of us were quite fortunate we were in relationships in which our beliefs and values were supported.  I’ve often wondered that perhaps my decision may have been different if I were alone or in ‘crisis.’  I truly don’t know; I have the benefit of hindsight now and I don’t even know if it’s relevant.

Another thought I’ve had while listening to the back-and-forth:  There are a multitude of women I’ve known who consider themselves “prolife” and are quite consistent in their beliefs.  They are advocates for disposing of the death penalty, they absolutely do not support preemptive war, war in general or even with specifics, and they also believe we are responsible for each other.  They believe in that which is stated in the New Testament, in the Gospel:  We are our sister’s keeper, we do help the least of those among us.

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