Thursday, September 4, 2008

Gloria Steinem on Sarah Palin

Abortion Advocate Gloria Steinem Attacks Sarah Palin:
“Only Shares Chromosome” With Women

Leading pro-abortion advocate Gloria Steinem is going after Governor Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice for his vice-presidential running mate. She says Palin, who takes a strongly pro-life view on abortion, shares nothing with women like former candidate Hillary Clinton other than the same genetic makeup determining their gender. Calling her the “wrong woman with the wrong message,” in a Los Angeles Times editorial Thursday, Steinem goes on the attack from the get-go.

“Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger,” Steinem complains, comparing the Alaska governor to the venerable pro-life advocate.

“She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child,” Steinem claimed in the attack piece. “She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child.”

But, not all women are down on Palin and others say she represents the long-standing history of women who have been pro-life on abortion -- down to Susan B. Anthony. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of a pro-life women’s group that bears the name of the feminist foremother, tells that Palin represents the women of America -- perhaps more so than Steinem -- because she understands that women’s rights can’t be advanced when the human rights of their offspring are denied.

“Authentic women’s rights will never be built upon the broken rights of other human beings. Both parties would do well to observe, embrace, and benefit from the strong and documented pro-life trend in America,” she said. Full story at

Oddly enough, right before I saw this piece I was posting the story of a man whose mother was indeed impregnated by rape and she had the child. You can read it below.

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