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05 / 09 / 2008 - Sarah Palin Mentions Abortion Refusal, Birth of Down Syndrome Daughter in Acceptance Speech
In a speech that has electrified the pro-life movement, Alaska governor and John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, touched on her own family’s personal pro-life decision. While 80 to 90 percent of pregnancies involving Down syndrome babies end in abortion, the Palin family chose life.
“And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical,” Palin said.
“That's how it is with us,” the governor went on to say. “Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.”
“And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters,” she added.
“I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House,” Palin said.
Palin’s reference to her family’s decision to reject abortion that is so commonly an answer in these kinds of pregnancies wasn’t lost on pro-life nurse Jill Stanek, who exposed the live birth abortion process Barack Obama refused to mitigate in the Illinois legislature.
Stanek says Palin’s selection has brought the issue of abortion front and center in the campaign.
“Social conservatism has been much ballyhooed the past year,” Stanek says.
She pointed to comments Obama himself made last year in a speech to Planned Parenthood saying the abortion debate is passé.
"I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are so '90s," Obama said during the address. ""Their days are growing dark.... We're tired of arguing about the same old stuff."
“Of course Obama wanted abortion to be yesterday's news. He only looks like a monster when he argues for partial birth abortion and against protecting abortion survivors,” Stanek explained.
“But John McCain's surprising nomination of Sarah Palin as his running has done a couple things,” Stanek concludes. “It has cemented discussion of abortion as a top story, and it has shown everyone the value of social conservatives and perhaps even reminded we kicked dogs of same.”
Stanek goes as far as saying that Palin and her pro-life views have re-energized interest in Senator McCain, who some day had previously failed to excite pro-life advocates.
“When we were disengaged by a guy we weren't sold on, the presidential campaign ran flat,” Stanek said. “But when social conservatives became engaged, the campaign was energized, the room lit up, and McCain/Palin may now just win.”“I reiterate, it is only when social conservatives are energized that a Republican campaign is energized,” she said.
Source : Steven Ertelt - Editor, LifeNews.com