Sarah Palin Criticizes Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Position at Saturday Rally

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sarah Palin Criticizes Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Position at Saturday Rally

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 12
, 2008

Johnstown, PA ( — Vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin took presidential candidate Barack Obama to task on abortion on Saturday at a rally in Pennsylvania. Palin didn’t just make an offhanded remark, but devoted a considerable portion of her speech to highlighting Obama’s pro-abortion positions.

"As defenders of the culture of life, John McCain and I believe in the goodness and potential of every innocent life," she said.

"I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?" Palin added.

The Alaska governor talked about the birth of her son Trig, a baby born with Down syndrome whose birth comes at a time when 90 percent of the babies diagnosed with the condition before birth become victims of abortion.

"When I learned that my son Trig would have special needs, I had to prepare my heart for the challenges to come," she said. "At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can tell you a few things I’ve learned already."

"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," she said.

"There are the world’s standards of perfection … and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure," Palin added.

When she turned her attention from the pro-life views she and McCain hold to Obama’s position, Obama’s own comments on abortion months ago in this Pennsylvania city were not lost on her.

"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," Palin said.

The governor took Obama to task for his votes and non-votes against a ban on partial-birth abortions.

"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," she explained. "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."

She also held Obama’s feet to the fire on his votes against a bill in the Illinois legislature to provide medical care for newborns who survive failed abortions.

"In short, Senator Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life. He has sided with those who won’t even protect a child born alive. And this exposes the emptiness of his promises to move beyond the ‘old politics,’" she said.

"In times like these, with wars and a financial crisis, it’s easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life. And it seems our opponent hopes that you will forget. Like so much else in his agenda, he hopes you won’t notice how radical his ideas and record are until it’s too late," she added.

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