Pro-Life Group Says Palin ‘Misleading And Unreliable’ On Abortion

November 16, 2009 8:28 a.m.
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On a day where most critics are attacking Sarah Palin for being too conservative, one group of anti-choice activists is slamming former Alaska governor for not being conservative enough when it comes to the issue of abortion.

American Right To Life, the self-proclaimed “personhood wing of the right-to-life movement” attacked Palin today for using “liberal, pro-choice, socialist terminology” in her political rhetoric on abortion and for distinguishing “between her ‘personal’ and public pro-life views” (“personally pro-life means officially pro-choice,” the group says.

ARL on Palin, from the website the group launched today:

As a candidate whom many pro-lifers want to support, her actual abortion record and rhetoric is shocking to the conscience.

The “personhood movement” as ARL describes it, advocates full legal rights “from the moment of sexual or asexual human reproduction, which includes from fertilization.” The group opposes all forms of abortion as well as contraception like the Plan B pill and “any birth control pill or intrauterine device that works to prevent implantation.”

And though moderate and progressive groups often hail Palin’s beliefs on the issue of family planning (she favors abstinence-only education and is strongly pro-life), the ARL says she does not go far enough. On their new website, “Prolife Profiles,” ARL targets Palin and other GOP politicians the group accuses of hypocrisy on the issue of abortion rights.

From the long list of offenses ARL finds in Palin’s rhetoric:

– allows her name to be used in ads promoting grisly government-funded embryonic stem cell “research”
– undermines the God-given right to life by promoting evolution while officially opposing creation
– harms personhood by claiming that “equal protection” should not apply to unborn children

Other Palin level hypocrites when it comes to abortion, according to ARL: Mitt Romney, George W. Bush and, “coming soon,” Antonin Scalia.

ARL claims it “derailed” Romney’s presidential bid last year by helping to defeat him in Iowa and South Carolina. As Palin considers her own run for the GOP presidential nomination, the group is hoping its threats will guide her to embrace its “personhood” platform.

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