Sarah Palin's Choices

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ruth Marcus totally missed the point in her analysis of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's speech at a right-to-life fundraising dinner ["Palin's Personal Choice," op-ed, April 20]. Ms. Palin was reaffirming her strong pro-life convictions when she discovered that at 44, she would be the mother of a baby with Down syndrome. She was not seriously considering that abortion might be an option.

Ms. Palin eloquently spoke of how she empathized with any woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and how taking the easy way out might be tempting. At no time did she suggest that there should be a choice, because the only real choice is for life, even if the circumstance are less than ideal. Ms. Marcus went on to say she respects Ms. Palin's decision not to "make it all go away." Would she have respected her if she had chosen an abortion?

What is so refreshing about Sarah Palin is that she has the moral certitude that is so lacking in many of our political leaders and that she is willing to lead by example. It is not, as Ms. Marcus suggested, that Ms. Palin's speech "offered a different lesson: Abortion is a personal issue and a personal choice." The choice is not to conceive in the first place so that the options do not include something intrinsically evil.

KATHLEEN E. KARAU

Alexandria

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Ruth Marcus's column on Sarah Palin was predictable. We all have choices every day, but the pro-choice movement deceives itself when it tries to pretend that there is no life in what it wants the right to abort.

It would have been refreshing if, instead of writing another Palin-bashing column, Ms. Marcus could have considered the work of Kansas physician George R. Tiller, who performs late-term abortions, and his enthusiastic support for our next secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius.

Why has he given her so much in campaign contributions over the past 10 years? What does it say about her that she is so supportive of the pro-choice movement that she cannot even draw a line in the sand that says life has begun by 28 to 36 weeks after conception?

JOHN B. RAMSEY

New Carrollton


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