Sarah Palin’s pro-life credentials

Now that it looks like we’re going to be hearing a lot about Sarah Palin, here are two items from the CNS news archive: a story on how she was praised by Catholic leaders and others when she gave birth to a Down syndrome child earlier this year, and a guest editorial we ran from the Catholic Anchor, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, on how her family “serves as an incredible witness by embracing all life as a blessing.”

We also had a great article last spring by Effie Caldarola, one of our regular columnists, calling Palin “a politician who lives her truth.”

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11 Responses to Sarah Palin’s pro-life credentials

  1. maryanncsj says:

    Sarah Palin, along with the Republican party, is not pro-life and does not consider all life as a blessing. She and her party are definitely and openly in favor of the death penalty which is also contrary to the teaching of the bishops. She also has been in favor of the war which the church has opposed. By her own admission, she sees the war as part of God’s plan. As I see it, neither political party is pro-life and Sarah Palin is quite dangerous.

  2. pianoman84 says:

    I have to agree, maryanncsj. Both major political parties spout “life” hypocrisies, with the Democrats’ anti-death penalty rhetoric being offset by their stance on abortion, and the Republicans’ claim as the “pro-life” party being tarnished by their support for the death penalty and wars that have killed tens of thousands.

    The most disturbing part of this discussion, to me, is not the politicians’ hypocrisy, but rather the hypocrisy of many Christian evangelical leaders, who prop up Sarah Palin and other Republicans on a “pro-life” pedestal, whilst sweeping these politicians’ support for capital punishment, war, and poverty-inducing “free” trade under the rug.

  3. Rusty says:

    Motherhood is the ultimate profession.
    It is a sacred duty assigned to women by our Creator. To fail at it is to fail HIM.

    Where is the outrage by women and Christians particularly at a women who leaves a challenged child in the hands of others while she goes off to save the world?

    Why be pro-life if you are not pro-family?

  4. raymondschaefer says:

    In spite of any other views or qualifications Sarah Palin has or does not have, her stand against abortion is of utmost importance for the future of this country. Roe vs. Wade has had and continues to have an enormous affect on this country. For those who believe that the lives of the unborn should be protected, this can be the most important issue.

    Whether abortions continue may depend on whether Roe vs. Wade is overturned, and whether or not that happens may depend on whether future Supreme Court justices are named by a conservative or a liberal president.

    The article “Whose Choice” at shows that abortion is neither the choice of the unborn child or the choice of our nation through its elected representatives. It is the choice of a Supreme Court that has exceeded the authority given to it by the Constitution.

  5. Rebecca says:

    By stating that Sarah Palin is not pro-life because of her oppostion to the death penalty I’ll assume you’re referring to the life of the criminal whom she condones executing. Have you considered the torture and suffering they have proved themselves to enjoy inflicting up on others? Or that countless victims could be spared by ending the lives of their oppressors before they can inflict harm on anyone else?

  6. Lin says:

    I take issue with Palin. If she was really pro-life, she would respect and want to preserve our wildlife. She hates all wildlife and thinks they are vermin only to be slaughtered. She wants rid of the wolf in Alaska so there are more caribou and moose for good-for-nothing fake hunters who chase the animals down by airplane. She had 15 baby wolf pups shot in the head along with their nursing mothers last June, breaking Alaska law by doing so. She is for the slaughter of wild mustangs out west. She wants to slaughter the black bear and has no regard for salmon, the belugia whale, or the polar bear. She hates domestic animals too, such as cats. I can’t abide cruelty like Palin has in her. She even said that she comes alive after a kill. What kind of person can say that and then say they are pro-life. Palin is cruel, heartless, and sadistic, and even though I am a conservative Republican, and Palin lost my vote for McCain. She also at one time belonged to a group Alaska that wants to have Alaska secede from the rest of the United States, so just how does that make her for America? She is slamming Obama right now, with her twisting of the true facts. She needs to have her past thrown in her lying face.. What about the affair she had with her husband’s business partner? She is no loving faithful wife. She is a horrible woman and a horrible mother. Yes, a horrible mother when her career appears to be more important to her than her children. I detest her.

  7. Nancy says:

    I don’t believe any pro-lifer has an argument unless he or she has adopted a child.

  8. Ray Bovino says:

    I am amazed that on a Catholic news service there are so many vile anger filled posts and with unsubstantiated wild allegations. Are we not to be a people to not judge by outward appearance but with righteous judgment?

    As for Sarah Palin I simply say be careful how you judge her for with the measure of judgment you give you will one day likewise be judged. I am thankful for someone who had had the guts to confront corruption as she has already successfully done and who will work hard for reform and not just give empty rhetoric with no record to back it. I’m also thankful that she derives her values from the Life giver, someone who has recognized that she like us all is a sinner and needs a Savior and depends upon Him for strength and guidance. She hasn’t worn on her sleeve but that’s at the core. If that scares you I pity you. I guess George Washington would frighten you too. He unapologetically said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

    I am also surprised that so many don’t see the ocean of difference between taking the life of an innocent helpless child and the justice system punishing wrong doers who have taken the lives of others. I am not against criminals. I do volunteer prison ministry every week and I dearly love the guys I visit. Yet I understand the importance of putting a high price tag on the value of life. Don’t forget it was the Lord who first initiated the system of law under Moses that said, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.” Genesis 9:6

    How would you feel if someone brutally murdered your mother and father, and hearing the case the judge rules his punishment is a $50 fine? Would you not be shocked and outraged? Would you not be crying out, “What about the life of my mother and father?” Yet we fail to realize how much the Lord puts value on every life AND how serious a crime it is to take life. Yes, at times it is important and right for the punishment to be equal to the crime! Such an odd concept! Mercy can always be extended but don’t think it wrong to punish evil doers.

    “…Things the Lord hates…hands that shed innocent blood,” Proverbs 6:16-17

    “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the Lord detests them both.” Proverbs 17:15

    It also infuriates me that so many swallow the vile of our very biased media and condemn all war. None of us here like war or look for it but thank God for those who are willing to fight if that is what it take to bring liberty and freedom. So when over 2 million innocent civilians were being slaughtered in Rwanda what was the right thing to do, watched them get hacked to pieces or go in there and take out the bad guys?! You would change your tune if you and your family were the ones being attacked! And I wonder how many war de-cryers were upset about the tens of thousands of innocent people that Saddam Hussein tortured and killed. These things are okay as long as they don’t happen to you. How utterly selfish! And, no, we can’t fight everyone’s battles but you know what – I wish we could!!!

    Thank God for America, not a perfect country but a great country. Thank God for those who gave their lives to obtain our freedom and the prosperity we have enjoyed the last couple hundred years. Thank God for those who went to war to stop the rise of Hitler and Nazism. Thank God for those fighting for freedom and democratic governments in Iraq and Afghanistan! Have you prayed for them today?

    Be careful what you listen to on the news. Listen to both sides. I no longer trust network news (Fox News excluded). They do not give the real picture, nor tell the whole story, yes even twist the truth. Part of our responsibility as citizens is to investigate thoroughly, listen to both sides battle it out, and don’t just buy into what fits our own agenda and beliefs, nor naively believe whatever us spewed from the pundits on TV.

    I am appalled and ashamed at the current state of journalism in our land. And I am sorry to admit that all to many of us have become proud, snotty, opinionated, gossiping, judgmental, materialistic selfish people. If we want to see healing come to our land we all must take a good hard look at ourselves and seek forgiveness for our wicked ways. In so many ways we are sick with moral decay yet what is the greatest concern of so many today, “the economy.” How sad!

    Several years ago when some were grieving over the president committing pathetically immoral acts with a college intern in the Oval Office, the sentiment of most was, “What does it matter – the economy is good.” So we have chosen our own personal greed over righteousness and integrity. Didn’t Jesus put it so simply, “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (daily material needs) will be added to you.” (Matt 6:33) We got it backwards. It is no surprise that our economy has fallen. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people.

    “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

  9. Valerie says:

    Ray Bovino
    Sounds like you’re hiding behind the bible. Go to another blog, nobody wants to be preached to. Why put down anybody who doesn’t agree with you? I see you watch Fixed News, should’ve known. Your darling Palin not only mistreats the animals in Alaska, she mistreats the native people in the state, even if she claims her husband’s mother is Yu’pik (sounds to me like he’s a Native of convenience, mention it when it sounds like a good things or when it’s popular), what a faker, from a true native of the heart.

  10. Valerie says:

    As for Palin killing off these animals, it’ll all come back to her some way, if it hasn’t already.

  11. sergey says:

    i am disgusted by those hypocrites who claim to be pro-life here, but really are simply pro-innocence and anti-sin. asking me what is wrong with being pro-innocence and anti-sin, there is nothing wrong with it at church, but in politics it is extremely wrong since it is against separation of church and state. those who oppose capital, punishment war and abortion are truly pro-life and i respect their views and even could vote for someone like this but those who are anti-sin, remember how protestants were treating you when they had monopoly in politics, why would you want to do this to other faiths. you are half of populations, now you hope your church will be main religion in this country and than it is ok. no having main religion is wrong no matter what

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