Pundit Apologizes for Saying Media Wanted Sarah Palin to Have Abortion

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

Pundit Apologizes for Saying Media Wanted Sarah Palin to Have Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 12
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A political pundit has apologized for saying during a recent conference that he thinks the mainstream media wanted Sarah Palin to have an abortion on her baby Trig, who has Down syndrome. Michael Barone, a frequent commentator on talking head shows was responsible for the dustup.

Barone, the author of the Almanac of American Politics, considered the encyclopedia for campaigns and elections, made the comment during a speech at a meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

According to the web site Politico, Barone said, "Journalists trashed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee, because ‘she did not abort her Down syndrome baby.’"

Now, in an email to the political web site, Barone said he "was attempting to be humorous and, as many in public do, went over the line."

"Sorry for that. I was trying to focus on press hostility to Palin," he added.

Politico indicates the "roomful of academics erupted in angry boos" and some of the participants walked out afterwards.

In April, Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child despite statistics showing as many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion.

"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," Palin said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.

"We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives," she said.

Though Barone apologized, Palin did come under fire for not having an abortion.

Nicholas Provenzo, who writes for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism, not only bashed Palin for allowing Trig to be born, but says she should have made the so-called morally justifiable decision to kill him in an abortion.

Governor Palin also came under fire for her teenage daughter becoming pregnant.

Washington celebrity Sally Quinn blogs for the Washington Post’s "On Faith" column. Under the headline, "Palin’s Pregnancy Problem," she tells her readers, "[W]ith news that Palin’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, McCain’s pick may not even find support among ‘family values’ voters."

Quinn adds, with utter insincerity, "Of course, this can happen in any family," only to remind us in her patented smarmy tone, "But it must certainly raise the question among the evangelical base about whether Sarah Palin has been enough of a hands-on mother."

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