Friday, August 27, 2010

Palin Attacks Obama, Crist Over Abortion

From an article by Brendan Farrington on The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama the most pro-abortion president ever Thursday and mocked Florida's governor for claiming to be pro-life after vetoing a bill that would have required women to get ultrasounds before having the procedure.

In a speech that only ventured into politics on abortion issues, Palin criticized Obama's health care overhaul as a plan that will lead to more abortions.

"The biggest advance of the abortion industry in America is the passage of Obamacare," Palin said. "Elective abortions have nothing to do with health care. It's about ending lives, not saving lives."

The former Alaska governor and Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate in 2008 also drew boos and laughter when she talked about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who left the Republican Party and is now running for Senate as an independent.
The bill that Palin references was one that would have required woman to pay for an ultrasound, view the ultrasound, and listen to a doctor discuss the fetus.  The law also placed an unnecessary burden on the woman if they happened to be a victim. 
A woman could have declined to view the image if she signed a form, but it's unclear whether a doctor would still need to describe the fetus. The law made an exception for women who provide documentation to confirm that the abortion is medically necessary or that they are the victim of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking.
What gives Palin the right to try and step in between a doctor and their patient?
"This bill places an inappropriate burden on women seeking to terminate pregnancy," Crist wrote in his veto message, saying he put his personal "prolife" views aside in making the decision.

"Personal views should not result in laws that unwisely expand the role of government and coerce people to obtain medical tests or procedures that are not medically necessary," he said.
Crist's veto message could resembles what conservatives should be saying regarding the bill, but as we have seen, the religious right has hijacked the GOP and now attempt to push their moralism on everyone else - even if that means using the government to invade one's personal life.

I fully agree with my governor and was happy that he had vetoed the legislation.  I am pro-life but I understand government's role in our lives - people like Palin do not and only wish to force their views on everyone else.

As a side note, I found it interesting that when Palin criticized the governor, she received boos.  Charlie Crist is a popular moderate governor who left the GOP because of right-wing loons like Palin.  Maybe Palin thought she was speaking to a teabag Rubio crowd...

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