Sarah Palin Reaffirms Pro-Life Views on Abortion, Won’t Use Morning After Pill

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 1, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sarah Palin Reaffirms Pro-Life Views on Abortion, Won’t Use Morning After Pill

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 1
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Governor Sarah Palin reaffirmed her pro-life views against abortion in an interview on Monday with Katie Couric of CBS News. Palin has been criticized for her answers in recent interviews but reassured pro-life voters with her clear statements that abortion is wrong.

“I am pro-life. And I’m unapologetic in my position that I am pro-life,” said during the discussion with the pro-abortion news anchor. “I would also like to see a culture of life in this country.”

“And I understand there are good people on both sides of the abortion debate. In fact, good people in my own family have differing views on abortion, and when it should be allowed” so “I respect people’s opinions on this,” the governor said.

Asked about her stance on whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape and incest, the Alaska governor said she would encourage women victimized by rape to choose life for htheir babies.

“I would counsel to choose life,” she said. “But I would also like to take it one step further. Not just saying I am pro-life and I want fewer and fewer abortions in this country, but I want them, those women who find themselves in circumstances that are absolutely less than ideal, for them to be supported, and adoptions made easier.”

Asked to follow up on abortions in cases of rape or incest, Palin reaffirmed her pro-life stance against them.

“I’m saying that, personally, I would counsel the person to choose life, despite horrific, horrific circumstances that this person would find themselves in,” Palin said.

She also debunked the common myth that pro-life advocates want to put women in jail for having abortions.

“And, if you’re asking, though, kind of foundationally here, should anyone end up in jail for having an abortion, absolutely not. That’s nothing I would ever support,” she said.

Couric asked the governor about the morning after pill.

Palin said, “I am one to believe that life starts at the moment of conception. And I would like to see fewer and fewer abortions in this world.”

She said her view wasn’t the official McCain-Palin policy but confirmed, “I would not choose to participate in that kind of contraception.”

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