Writer Kathleen Parker Under Fire for Suggesting Sarah Palin Exploiting Son Trig
by Steven Ertelt
February 15, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Conservative opinion columnist Kathleen Parker, who does not take a pro-life position opposing legal abortions, is coming under fire. In a weekend column, Parker suggested pro-life former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was exploiting her developmentally disabled son Trig.
Palin is a darling of the pro-life movement and was lauded for putting her pro-life views into practice when pregnant with Trig.
While more than 90-95 percent of pregnancies involving physically disabled unborn children like him who are diagnosed with Down syndrome are eventually killed in abortions, Palin chose life for her baby.
Since then, she has become even more outspoken against abortion and has dedicated herself to supporting families and children who are disabled.
Parker points to Palin’s comments in response to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is pro-abortion, calling developmentally disabled children retarded. Palin invoked Trig’s name and Parker now claims that Palin has a problem separating herself from her child.
"Palin’s defense of people with special needs is commendable. Her obvious love for — and pride in — her Down syndrome child, Trig, is touching. But each time she sallies forth as Mama Bear to America’s special-needs citizenry, invoking Trig’s name amid demands for her children’s privacy, a bit of uneasiness slithers between text and subtext," Parker writes.
"At what point do Palin’s noble intentions become Trig’s exploitation?" she asks.
Parker even goes as far as complaining that it is difficult for anyone to complain about Palin when it comes to Trig because she is both mother and politician in one.
Parker claims Palin, in responding to Emanuel, was "her child as a political tool" because she spoke out about a Democrat but hasn’t about Republicans who have used the word "retarded."
"Perhaps the erstwhile governor still thinks in first-person plural, viewing Trig as part of herself. But he is also a separate individual deserving of privacy, if unable to say the words she needs to hear: ‘No more, Mama, please,’" she writes.
Conservative writer Michael J. Gaynor takes issue with Parker.
"Palin needs to continue to be herself and wary of the advice of strangers pretending to be helpful and concerned about Mrs. Palin’s youngest child, Trig," he writes.
Gaynor also takes Parker to task for using Trig in a previous column. He notes that Parker said Palin could bow out of the 2008 election after she came under criticism for her debate performance by using Trig.
"She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first," Parker wrote at the time.
Gayner responds: "Parker obviously overcame her alleged reluctance and shamelessly played the Trig card … while professing to have a parental attitude toward Mrs. Palin. Parker protested too much in 2008 and was no more persuasive this month in volunteering parental advice to Mrs. Palin supposedly for Trig’s sake."
"It’s not easy being Mrs. Palin:the abortion crowd condemns you for not aborting Trig when you learned he had Downs syndrome and Ms. Parker depicts you as a political opportunist using Trig as ‘a political tool,’" he concludes.
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