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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is McCain’s Pro-Family Pick

August 29, 2008


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is McCain’s Pro-Family Pick

Who is Sarah Palin and where is she on the barometer issue of the sanctity of human life? To answer the latter question, here is a portion of a story that ran in the Anchorage Daily News in 2006. [The other names mentioned in the story are other candidates. The “governor” referred to in the story was then chief executive Frank Murkowski (R) who served 2002-2006.]

In 2002, when she was running for lieutenant governor, Palin sent an e-mail to the anti-abortion Alaska Right to Life Board saying she was as “pro-life as any candidate can be” and has “adamantly supported our cause since I first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion.”

Palin said last month that no woman should have to choose between her career, education and her child. She is pro-contraception and said she’s a member of a pro-woman but anti-abortion group called Feminists for Life.

“I believe in the strength and the power of women, and the potential of every human life,” she said.

Knowles supports abortion rights and said abortion is “absolutely” a privacy issue. Government should not stand between a woman and her doctor, he said.

Croft expressed an almost identical view. “The closer you get to —fetal— viability, the more that changes,” he said. “But I think we ought to respect Alaskans’ privacy.”

Binkley said he believes abortion should only be legal when the life of the mother is in jeopardy.

“There is sanctity of life from conception until natural death,” he said.

Murkowski said he’s a practicing Catholic and is anti-abortion except in cases of incest, rape or when the life of the mother is threatened.

In July 2004, he signed a law that required doctors to inform women who are seeking abortions about alternatives to the procedure. They could do so by referring the women to a state Web site.

Critics said the governor was breaking a 2002 campaign pledge not to change state abortion policy. The next month, Murkowski wrote in a Daily News opinion piece that: “I am strongly pro-life, I have been consistently pro-life, and I have never changed my beliefs.”

Just a quick note. Hope this is useful.

PS: The photograph of the Governor with TeenPact students is courtesy of TeenPact, a great organization she strongly supports.

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