Pro-Life Advocates Surprised by Alaska Governor Palin’s Decision to Step Down

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Surprised by Alaska Governor Palin’s Decision to Step Down

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 6
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Leaders within the pro-life community are surprised by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s surprising decision to step down as the governor of her state to seemingly prepare herself for a potential 2012 presidential bid. Most say Paling is an unconventional political figure who doesn’t do things the mainstream media expects.

“Sarah Palin has always been an intensely independent woman– always true to her faith, her family and call to public service," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, told LifeNews.com.

"She has taken vast numbers of Americans to a new place: politics without cynicism. And she has provided women with a new political role model,” Dannenfelser said.

“Her entrance onto the public stage has had an immensely positive effect, drawing in massive numbers of Americans new to the political process. We have every confidence she will have an equal and profound impact in whatever projects she undertakes now," Dannenfelser continues. “Despite criticism, Governor Palin’s success will endure. The Governor has inspired millions, and her audience of enthusiastic support will only grow in the future.”

Rory Cooper of the Heritage Foundation agrees, and says the media elite don’t understand her.

"They point at her family, and laugh at how they wouldn’t fit into their country club. They point at her daughter, and somehow draw a conclusion that Palin is a hypocrite because life experience doesn’t always match our prayers," he said. "But this dismissive hand wave of the American heartland from the shores of Martha’s Vineyard will come back to bite them."

But fellow Gov. Mike Huckabee is perplexed and says Palin may have shot herself in the foot by taking herself out of the "political game."

Huckabee deemed it "a risky strategy," adding that "if she did get out because of a feeling of getting chased, that’s not going to stop if she stays in politics."

"The danger that Sarah Palin faces," said Huckabee — who said that "I’m a Sarah Palin fan and I like her personally" — is that "the challenge that she’s going to have is people who say, ‘"Look if they chase you out of this it won’t get any easier for you."

Huckabee said Palin staying on as governor would have showed that she has governing skills that could be put to use helping Alaska.

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