Palin and McCain’s Disregard for Women’s Health

Cecile Richards and Timothy E. Wirth

During an interview with James Dobson, Palin confirmed her support for the Republican Party platform's position as "the strongest pro-life, pro-family document to come out of a political party."

We all know John McCain and Sarah Palin are out of touch on women’s health; between McCain’s infamous air-quoting of the word "health" and Palin’s countless contradictions on
reproductive health care, we know that we would be in bad shape if they
were to make it to the White House. That is no big news.

But what Sarah Palin told the American public last week was a stark confirmation of where they stand.

During an interview that Focus on the Family founder
and anti-choice leader James Dobson conducted with Palin, he brought up
the Republican Party platform’s position on choice, identifying it —
in his own words — as, "the strongest pro-life, pro-family document to
come out of a political party." [The Republican platform seeks a
constitutional amendment banning all abortions — with no exceptions
for rape and incest, and no exception to save the life of the woman.]
To me, that’s not pro-family — that’s pro-government in women’s lives.

Not only did Palin express her support for the platform’s
principles, but when she was asked if McCain also "strongly supports
those views" and whether she believes he will "implement it," she
responded, "I do, from the bottom of my heart."

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With that statement, Palin affirmed our fears that she, along with
John McCain, is on board with the platform’s most severe anti-woman
principles. Apparently women’s health is not only "extreme," but it’s
not even up for discussion.

If McCain upholds the Republican Party platform while in office,
where will this leave the teenager who is impregnated as a result of
rape? Where will this leave the woman who might die if she doesn’t
receive abortion services? Shouldn’t these women have the right to make
these personal decisions about their health, about their lives?

Regarding the principles of the Republican Party platform, Palin said:
"[T]hey are there, they are solid, we stand on them and again I believe
that it is the right agenda for the country at this time. Very, very clear and contrasted tickets in this election, November 4th."

That last sentence is the one thing Sarah Palin and I can agree on.
And there are only eight days left to go. Governor Sarah Palin is
assuring Americans that a McCain/Palin administration will implement
the very harshest of anti-woman policies — meaning no choices, and no
exceptions. Next week when you’re at the polls, use your vote wisely;
don’t put the government in control of women’s health and lives.

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