An interesting article in the Washington Post discusses a speech that Sarah Palin gave at a right-to-life fundraising dinner. Palin talked about how twice in her life she considered getting an abortion, but decided against it. But she did gain sympathy for women who have abortions; “I do understand what these women, what these girls go through in that thought process.”
While the major point seems to be that she is happy about her decision, she ignores the fact that if abortion were illegal, she would not have had a decision to make. Ironically, Palin eloquently, if unintentionally, makes a strong case for choice.
Or consider Palin’s statement about the pregnancy of her daughter: “We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby.” If the right-to-life crowd had their way, there would be no decision to be proud of, or even made.
Maybe Palin can understand that you can be against abortion while being in favor of choice. Some things are just none of the government’s damn business. And that might just be something worth having a tea party about.