Let’s say you’re a twelve year old kid who’s been raped and impregnated by your uncle or your grandfather or your father. Should you have to bring the resulting fetus to term and become a 12-to-13-year-old mother? Or should you have the legal right to choose to abort the fetus, which at 9 weeks weighs a total of 2 grams?
Sarah Palin says tough luck, kiddo. So you’re 12 years old. So you’ve been raped. So you’re a victim of incest. You’ve got a 2 gram fetus inside you and Sarah Palin says if she were in charge you’d have to keep it.
Libby Casey: Suppose Senator John Doe puts forth a constitutional amendment that would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and he asked you to attend the announcement and support him in that. Would you do it?
Sarah Palin: You’re, you’re asking if… in front of me were legislation that I would be asked to sign?
Libby Casey: No, if he was going to put forth a constitutional amendment, and he just wanted your support, you know, as a party member, as the leader of the state.
Sarah Palin: Um, I would. I would. And it’s no secret that I’m pro-life and I don’t hide that and nor am I ashamed of that but I am pro-life and yes, a, a proposal like that, I would stand by it.
Did you think she wasn’t serious? KTOO reporter Christopher Clark asked a follow-up question:
Christopher Clark: Ms. Palin, if I may interject here, we know that you’re pro-life, but there are certain different shades of gray of pro-life. If a women were, say, uh, raped and got pregnant because of the rape, would that be an instance in which you would allow her to have an abortion?
Sarah Palin: Well, I don’t think it would be up to me individually as an individual, but…
Christopher Clark: Would it be against the law?
Sarah Palin: In the case of the life of the mother being in jeopardy, I think there, that is the acceptable exception and I think I’ve gone on record on that.
In the same debate, Sarah Palin reflected on abortion for her personally or for her family, and said it would be for her personally a “very private matter” in which “I would choose”:
Sarah Palin: Y’know, with my respect for the sanctity of life and my belief in the potential of life I know that this aspect of the abortion issue is very sensitive, and, you know, is a very private matter also. But personally, I would choose life.
Christopher Clark: Let me ask a question that was raised by a member of the audience on this issue. Let’s say your daughter was pregnant or your son was involved in a pregnancy. I mean, it was before marriage or anything like that. What would your reaction be, your reaction and your advice to him or her?
Sarah Palin: Um, again, I would choose life and certainly I’m quite confident that you’re going to be asking my opponents those same scenarios.
Christopher Clark: I will. But if your daughter had been raped, would that be something you would feel would be…
Sarah Palin: Again, I would choose life.
Did you get that? Sarah Palin would make choices for her or for her daughter, and they would be a “very private matter,” but she would take away the ability of every parent or child around the country to make choices in the matter. Above them, she would place her own Writ controlling every woman’s and every child’s body from the Oval Office in Washington, DC.
Lest you think Sarah Palin was just having a hypothetical lapse right there, consider her written response to the 2006 Eagle Forum Questionnaire:
Question: Complete the sentence by checking the applicable phrases (you can check more than one).
Abortion should be:
Banned throughout entire pregnancy.
Legal to save the life of the mother.
Legal in case of rape and incest.
Legal if the baby is handicapped.
Legal if the baby has a genetic defect.
Legal in the first trimester.
Legal in the second trimester.
Legal in the third trimester.
Sarah Palin: I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.
Are you a 12 year old victim of rape and incest, a 7th grader who has been forcibly impregnated by her own relatives? Well, tough. If Sarah Palin’s in charge of the country, you won’t get to control what happens to your body. If Sarah Palin’s in charge of the country, Sarah Palin will control what happens to your body.
Did I mention that Sarah Palin is running to be in charge of the country?