Remember this? That classy Dr. Lalonde, worrying Sarah Palin might cause fewer abortions? Well, this might too, and that’s why I gladly post it. (Sarah Palin address for the 2009 Idaho Special Olympics.)
Rebecca adds: What incredible grace. I understand how people can disagree with her politics. What I can’t fathom is the intense personal hostility so many expressed towards a woman who lives her values, no matter how difficult they may be, no matter how much easier a quick “solution” to a baby with DS or a pregnant teenage daughter would be. That’s admirable in anybody. If the Obamas or Bidens or any other big-government, post-modern squishy politicians on the left bore equal burdens with equal grace, I hope I would respect them for it, no matter how much I might abhor their political agenda.
Andrea adds: Some disagreed with her politics, and on fair terms. Others had a visceral hostility because she made them feel bad (for being stronger). All those women who abort because of Downs–she tells them “you were wrong” without saying it. One last point–it is strong women who don’t abort, but I’d wager that most every woman can be that strong. Just one more reason why I think people working in abortion clinics are preying on a moment of despair and fear.
Brigitte says: Joe Biden lost his wife and baby daughter in 1972 (car accident). He then raised his sons as a single dad, commuting every day from Washington D.C. to be with them as much as possible, for a few years before marrying Jill Tracy Jacobs in 1977. I am not a fan of Joe Biden, not at all. I dislike his politics, and I find him phoney and ridiculous (FDR on television after the Crash, remember that one?). But he didn’t give up even though he was tempted, and raised his children as best he could.