Palin Serves as an Example of Choosing Life — Editorial

September 4, 2008

By Neva Hernandez

Irving, Texas (DFW Catholic) - No matter what your political beliefs or opinions on the various candidates one thing is undeniably clear — Sarah Palin has brought the issue of abortion clearly to the forefront of both campaigns. The mainstream media is now forced to admit that there is such a thing as a pro-life woman. Not only does she exist, she is also well educated, poised, and a strong leader.

This is not to say that strong women leaders have not existed, Phyllis Schlafly, Nellie Gray, and Judie Brown certainly disprove that. However, they are ignored as much as possible — a Vice Presidential nominee is impossible to ignore. Even more to the dismay of radical feminists and pro-abortionists around the country, she has clearly lived the pro-life message.

Mrs. Palin’s youngest son Trig has Down syndrome, many point to her joy in his life as proof positive of her commitment to life. I would like to put forth that it was not the birth of her fifth child that really shows her pro-life dedication but the third and fourth. A woman’s third pregnancy is usually when she starts getting “looks,” and people start saying things like “this will be your last one, won’t it.” A fourth child people stop looking you in the eye and start whispering to their friends about “isn’t it a pity.” To give birth, knowingly, to a baby with Down Syndrome is stunning to much of the world. As if that were not enough, it has now come to light that her seventeen-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant, keeping the baby, and marrying the father. The pro-abortion elite cannot understand what they are seeing and therefore must attack.

These two women share an experience with each other and millions of other women in this county. The experience of being told that their baby was not good enough to be born and that they did not deserve to be mothers. In an era of dedication to convenience, the Palin women both followed the inconvenient path.

There is a myth that children should be convenient, that there is one absolutely ideal time and place to have a perfect and healthy baby. The reality of the fallen world we live in is much different. Sometimes babies are sick, sometimes they come about in unfortunate circumstances, but no matter how a baby comes to be or in what condition they arrive each one is a gift from God.

The Palins’ story is a little sad perhaps, but it certainly is not tragic. Neither baby Trig, nor the baby that is on its way, is doomed to ruin the life of its mother. Neither baby will live a horrible life of misery. Unplanned pregnancies can often be a great blessing and help a mother to end up leading a better life than she was before the baby came.

No matter what happens in the election hopefully the Palins’ example will serve to help other women realize that their babies are worthy of life and that there truly are alternatives to abortion — even in difficult situations.



One Response to “Palin Serves as an Example of Choosing Life — Editorial”

  1. Tuppence on September 5th, 2008 11:29 am

    Excellent editorial. There are a lot of grown-ups around that are very happy that their single mothers kept them.

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