Democratic Activist: Not Having Abortion is Sarah Palin’s Only Qualification
by Steven Ertelt
September 10, 2008
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — A leading Democratic Party activist is making waves across the country with an offensive remark about vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. South Carolina Democratic Chairwoman Carol Fowler, whose husband formerly led the national party, said Palin’s only qualification is she didn’t have an abortion.
In the Alaska governor, Fowler said McCain had chosen a running mate "whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion."
Earlier this year, Palin and her husband decided to keep their disabled baby Trig, who has Down syndrome, even though 90 percent of babies with the condition become victims of abortion.
Among Democratic women and even among independent women, I don’t think it helped him, Fowler added in the ABC News interview.
Told that her selection has encouraged white women to strongly support McCain, Fowler responded: "Just anecdotally, I believe that those white women are Republican women anyway."
Anne Britton, the president of the American Federation of Republican Women, took exception to the remarks, in a statement sent to LifeNews.com.
She said she called the Democratic Party HQ in South Carolina and asked how many abortions Fowler believed one should have in order to meet the qualifications to be vice president.
There is no place for this sort of bitter personal attack upon women in politics or politics period," she said.
"South Carolina has been shamed by their representative; it is a disgusting thing to say," Britton added. "To step to this level of campaigning is to state that the Democratic Partys primary concern is guttering rhetoric rather that fixing the huge problems that face our country."
She called on Democrats in South Carolina to remove Fowler from her position as state party chair.
Britton said Palin would never have been elected as the governor of Alaska or the president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors if the people and elected officials of her state didn’t feel she was qualified to do the job.
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