Murkowski’s Abortion Stance Likely Cost Votes

26 08 2010

The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that Senator Lisa Murkowski’s stance for abortion likely cost her some votes with conservatives. And it also didn’t help her that an initiative was on the ballot that would require parents of teen girls to be notified prior to them getting an abortion. The initiative passed and Murkowski’s opponent, Joe Miller, was a strong proponent of it.

“He told voters over and over again: Flip your ballot over, vote ‘yes on 2.’ Before you vote for me, vote ‘yes on 2.’ Ballot Measure 2 is much more important than this Senate race,” said Bernadette Wilson, campaign manager for Alaskans for Parental Rights, the “yes on 2” group.

Murkowski never did the same, Wilson said. All the other statewide Republican candidates gave money to the effort. Murkowski didn’t, Wilson said. Supporters of the parental notification requirement noticed, she said.

Murkowski’s record on abortion is complex. She has long said abortion decisions are between a woman and her doctor, and in her first appointed Senate term, she voted for a nonbinding “sense of the Senate” that supported Roe v. Wade. But she’s voted against federal funding for abortion, and supported a ban on late-term abortions.

Based solely on their positions on abortion, I would have to hope that Miller ends up winning this primary.


Reasons for the Hatin’ On Palin

26 10 2008

Kevin Burke at National Review writes an excellent article on why there is so much hate for Sarah Palin regarding her pro-life stance and her decision to carry through with her pregnancy with Trig.

Some of the very personal and often uncharitable criticism of vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family may have a relationship to the collective grief, shame, and guilt from personal involvement in the abortion of an unborn child. Because abortion is usually a deeply repressed sensitive area of complicated grief, when a news story touches on abortion related issues, the common response is often one of the following:

– Avoidance.

– Reactive defensiveness, hyper sensitivity, and angry attacks to compensate for the emotional vulnerability this issue surfaces.

– Some will recognize in their troubled souls the need to reach out for healing and the hope of reconciliation and peace.

Governor Palin has been clear that, despite the challenges Trig’s condition will present, she and her husband Todd joyfully celebrate the gift of this precious life to their family.

But this very heartfelt, natural expression of love may be striking at a deeply repressed and painful wound in our culture.

Seeing the Palin family, in a very visible public forum, with an uncompromising and public pro life philosophy arouses deeply repressed feelings in post abortive parents, as well as media members, counselors, health care professionals, politicians and others who promote abortion rights, especially the abortion of children with challenges such as Down Syndrome. These powerful repressed feelings of grief, guilt and shame can be deflected from the source of the wound (i.e., abortion) and projected onto an often uncharitable focus upon the trigger of these painful emotions…the Palin family.

An Epidemic of Abortions

17 10 2008

Gary Bauer writes an excellent article on National Review that tells of the alarming rise in abortions against babies that have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress in late September and signed into law by President Bush on October 10, the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act provides expectant mothers whose unborn children receive a diagnosis of Down Syndrome or other genetic condition with up-to-date information about the nature of the condition and connection with support services. Co-sponsored by Senators Sam Brownback (R., Kan.) and Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.), the legislation also provides for the creation of a national registry of families willing to adopt children with pre- or post-natally diagnosed conditions.

Sophisticated prenatal genetic testing can now detect Down Syndrome in an unborn child as early as the first trimester. Earlier screening has led to an abortion rate of up to 90 percent for children with Down Syndrome. That rate helps explain the marked decrease in the population of Americans with the condition. According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the number of Down Syndrome live births declined 7.8 percent between 1989 and 2001.

The number of children born with Down Syndrome could plummet even further if physicians begin to follow the advice of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which in 2007 recommended that all pregnant women, regardless of age, be offered screening for Down Syndrome. (At the moment, all pregnant women over the age 35, who are more likely to conceive children with the condition, are offered prenatal testing.)

Many doctors welcome universal screening. Dr. Nancy Greer, medical director of the March of Dimes, an organization that promotes abortion of unborn children with disabilities, told the New York Times that the new ACOG guidelines allow more time for women to “make decisions” about whether to continue their pregnancies.

Click on the link above to read the entire article.

Palin’s Speech In Support of Life

11 10 2008

Kathryn Jean Lopez posts the text of a speech that Governor Sarah Palin just gave.

Yes, every innocent life matters. Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the world’s standards of perfection … and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake.

As for our beautiful baby boy, for Todd and me, he is only more precious because he is vulnerable. In some ways, I think we stand to learn more from him than he does from us. When we hold Trig and care for him, we don’t feel scared anymore. We feel blessed.

It’s hard to think of many issues that could possibly be more important than who is protected in law and who isn’t – who is granted life and who is denied it. So when our opponent, Senator Obama, speaks about questions of life, I listen very carefully.

I listened when he defended his unconditional support for unlimited abortions. He said that a woman shouldn’t have to be – quote – “punished with a baby.” He said that right here in Johnstown –“punished with a baby” – and it’s about time we called him on it. The more I hear from Senator Obama, the more I understand why he is so vague and evasive on the subject. Americans need to see his record for what it is. It’s not negative or mean-spirited to talk to about his record. Whatever party you belong to, there are facts you need to know.

Senator Obama has voted against bills to end partial-birth abortion. In the Illinois Senate, a bipartisan majority passed legislation against that practice. Senator Obama opposed that bill. He voted against it in committee, and voted “present” on the Senate floor. In that legislature, “present” is how you vote when you’re against something, but don’t want to be held to account.

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, described partial-birth abortion as “too close to infanticide.” Barack Obama thinks it’s a constitutional right, but he is wrong.

Most troubling, as a state senator, Barack Obama wouldn’t even stand up for the rights of infants born alive during an abortion. These infants – often babies with special needs – are simply left to die.

In 2002, Congress unanimously passed a federal law to require medical care for those babies who survive an abortion. They’re living, breathing babies, but Senator Obama describes them as “pre-viable.” This merciful law was called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Illinois had a version of the same law. Obama voted against it.

Asked about this vote, Senator Obama assured a reporter that he’d have voted “yes” on that bill if it had contained language similar to the federal version of the Born Alive Act. There’s just one little problem with that story: the language of both the state and federal bills was identical.

McCain Picks Palin as VP Running Mate

29 08 2008

All the news organizations are reporting that Senator John McCain has picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. This is excellent news from a pro-life perspective. Life News has more on her strong pro-life stance.

She is strongly pro-life and was a member of Feminists for Life of America, a leading pro-woman, pro-life organization that has championed reducing abortions by helping pregnant and parenting students with financial and other resources.

As reported in April, Palin put those pro-life views into practice.

As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Palin didn’t let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.

Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig Paxson, has Down syndrome.

“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us,” Palin told at the time.

“We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives,” she said.

‘We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed,” the governor added.