While Sarah Palin asks you to accept her family’s decision (“choice”) – her policies would take that same decision away fromeveryone else.
Palin’s privacy versus her public stance
She, her husband and daughter got to make private decisions privately. But her public views would deny that same right to other Americans.
How sensitive is Sen. John McCain’s campaign about his presumptive running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?
Well, there’s the fact that they appear unwilling to let her be alone with the media. God forbid anyone should ask about her views on, say, global warming — she doesn’t believe that human activity has anything to do with it. Perhaps they don’t want anyone to hear her explain why she opposes hate-crime laws?
The fact of Bristol Palin’s situation and the way in which she and her family have chosen to deal with it are legitimate issues, because they involve public policy issues on which Sarah Palin, candidate for vice president, has taken political positions. Palin, for example, opposes sex education in schools, including all access to contraceptive information for adolescents.
The point is that the Palins were able to make all these decisions according to the dictates of their own consciences, formed by their own religious convictions, within the privacy of their own family and according to its values and traditions. What they decided is nobody’s business but theirs; the fact that they were free to arrive at their own decision is everybody’s business.
The particular brand of social conservatism in which Sarah Palin quite evidently believes deeply would DENY OTHER AMERICAN FAMILIES and other American women the freedom to make these same intimate decisions according to the dictates of their own consciences, religious convictions and traditions.
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