I read Going Rogue cover to cover; I know what I’m talking about. Sarah Palin is pro-choice when it comes to herself and her family. The three times she was faced with the question of an abortion—to have or not to have—she exercised her own free will.
That’s all anyone wants.
The first instance was early in her married life when a pregnant Sarah was told by her obstetrician that the fetus’s heart wasn’t discernible. No one can be positive in this situation—but the odds were the unborn child was no longer alive. Sarah had a D & C, the procedure where the opening into the uterus is dilated, enlarged so a curette fits in to scrape out the products of conception. Suction is used. Nothing is left behind. Sarah shed an emotional burden as well as she avoided possible deadly sepsis. She could have waited and miscarried. She shouldn’t have. A therapeutic abortion preserves the mom’s health. Sarah’s well-being.
In her book she spoke of the loss of this child, a still being within her uterus. There also talk of the doctor’s bill. Palin claims the term abortion was whited out and miscarriage penned over it. (Non-medical people always get into trouble when they freestyle like this.) Palin didn’t eject the fetus. One’s body engineers miscarriages, not the doctor. The medical terminology, therapeutic abortion, might not be in line with the Palin political stance but it is what happened. It’s not what she says she’s against…but it’s not far off.
Her next encounter with abortion was in August, 2008 when she is carrying Trig. Sarah weighed the pros and cons. “No one,” she tells herself, “knows I’m pregnant. No one would ever have to know.” This includes, she explains, her husband.
She was, no question, considering an abortion.
The decision Sarah reached—it was God’s wish for her to have this child—isn’t going to be criticized by this writer. It is, however, disconcerting that she considered the termination of a pregnancy without letting her husband weigh in. She insists parents must be given say-so over a minor daughter’s choice yet she kept Todd in the dark?
Daughter Bristol’s unplanned pregnancy again brought up the specter of abortion. Sarah and Todd worried about their not-quite-grown-up teenager. What would this mean to her education? She was so young; how could she cope with a newborn?
Sarah writes that they encouraged their daughter to follow her own heart. Her choice would be theirs. Once it was clear Bristol would carry the child to full term, Sarah proclaimed, “We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby…."
Palin sounds like the poster child for Pro-Choice.
If Sarah were asked about the thought process of herself and her family, I imagine she’d agree that the 150 million American females should have the same right to choose that she did. But, she might rationalize, I didn’t have the abortion…and Bristol decided to carry her baby full-term….
We’d both know that’s not the point.
It is imperious to advocate that others should be mandated to have babies when both Sarah and her daughter chose to. It is disingenuous to suggest decisions between a physician and a woman regarding termination of a pregnancy should be government regulated. It is heartless to take away the ability of women to control their own bodies, to decide if they share their uterus, their whole being, with another for a nine month period, or not.
That’s all we want for everyone: Sarah’s choice.