Archive for June 1st, 2009

Okay, twice. I did give her credit for staying home from the White House Correspondents Dinner last month.

This time, she’s speaking out after Dr. Tiller, an abortion doctor in Kansas, was killed yesterday in the foyer of his church.

She writes,

“I feel sorrow for the Tiller family. I respect the sanctity of life and the tragedy that took place today in Kansas clearly violates respect for life. This murder also damages the positive message of life, for the unborn, and for those living. Ask yourself, ‘What will those who have not yet decided personally where they stand on this issue take away from today’s event in Kansas?’

Regardless of my strong objection to Dr. Tiller’s abortion practices, violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message.”

Governor Sarah Palin

Palin does herself a favor here by saying exactly what the rest of us were waiting to hear: that the murder of Dr. Tiller was wrong and that even if you are anti-abortion, that does not give you the right to kill the doctor that performs them.

There is one thing I’d like to comment on, though. She claims she is pro-life, when in fact, she is anti-abortion. You see, I am pro-life too, but I am also pro-choice. It is possible to be both. In my case, I happen to not want to have an abortion. In fact, I bet a lot of women who get abortions don’t want to. But it is my belief that every woman deserves to be able to make decisions about her body herself, without government, doctors, or anyone else interfering. This includes the right to an abortion if she feels that is what she needs to do.

Palin, on the other hand, is anti-abortion. If she was pro-life, then she would be against capital punishment, which she is not. She would be in favor of protecting wildlife, which she is not. I am constantly amazed at how she and other conservatives can reconcile these conflicting beliefs.

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