Proud of her “choice”
September 2, 2008 § 7 Comments
Did you catch that? I’m pretty sure you did. The coverage on Palin’s revelation that daughter Bristol is pregnant out of wedlock at 17 that I’ve been reading all included the money quote:
“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents,” Sarah and Todd Palin said in their brief statement
“Decision”? Let’s call this what it is, eh? Her choice, Governor Palin, her choice. The same choice of the much debated Pro-choice fame, isn’t it? Now we know the Gov is rabidly anti-abortion, having been quoted as “choosing life” in the scenario in which her daughter was raped and impregnated. Given that, we hardly need to search but lo and behold Governor Palin objected when the Alaska Supreme Court decided that pregnant teenagers did not have to secure their parents’ permission to obtain an abortion.
“I think the ruling is outrageous, I think this infringes on a parent’s right and duty to make sure they’re looking out for their child’s best interest,” Palin said.
No offense, lady, but you with your no-abortion-after-rape position are EXACTLY the fucking reason this parental consent stuff needs to be demolished everywhere.
Getting back to the point, something is complete and utter bullshit here, surprise, surprise. What is most likely is that Bristol Palin did not in any real way make a “decision” to take her pregnancy to term. What is more likely is that it was a decision that could not possibly have gone any other way. That the Governor would have practically forced her daughter to “decide for life”. Any thoughts on how it would have gone before the Alaska Supreme Court struck down the parental consent law? Don’t make me laugh cry.
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Something even nastier. That Governor Palin is revealing what the middle-class to wealthy persons of privilege who oppose choice rights are really all about. Of course they are in favor of restricting the behavior of everyone else. Because they know for damn sure that their progeny will never be restricted in their own choices. They can always fly their darling daughter just about anywhere necessary for a quickie abortion.
So what this is really about is keeping the lower classes as powerless and tied to labor demands as possible. Kids are expensive and distract people from, oh, wondering about political and economic disparity. Another opiate to keep the masses pacified.