Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sarah Palin and Choice

Tyler Cowen [hearts] Sarah Palin for reasons that seem confused at best:

There is one biographical fact about Palin's life that the critics ... are hardly touching upon. I mean her decision to have a Downs child instead of an abortion. This is the fact about her life and it will be viewed as such from now through November and perhaps beyond.

If only for this reason, she will be seen as a candidate who stands on principle. I don't think the critics are sufficiently appreciating how tired the American people are of candidates who say one thing and do another and who abandon their principles at the first provocation.
Tyler Cowen is very wrong about the principle at stake in the anti-abortion position and very wrong about the principle shown in Palin's decision not to have an abortion.

Palin's anti-abortion position doesn't merely entail choosing not to have an abortion; Palin's anti-abortion position entails criminalizing abortion, making it illegal for any woman anywhere to have an abortion, although she would generously allow exceptions to preserve the life of the pregnant woman.

For Sarah Palin to have chosen not to abort her Downs child is actually in agreement with the pro-choice position with which she and McCain sharply disagree. A vote for McCain and Palin is a vote for an America in which all pregnant women -- including women impregnated through rape or incest, including women facing severe health effects from continuing their pregnancies -- are denied any choice in whether to bring the pregnancy to term.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

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