[NOTE: This is not my article. It was sent in a Priests for Life e-newsletter, with the invitation to publish it in pro-life or group newsletters, etc. So, I’m putting it up here. I will somewhat disagree: I think Palin’s pro-life views and the fact that she actually, visibly lives them are what attracts the vitriol. It is because Palin’s pro-life, because that means that she didn’t fall for the usual feminist lies that pit the woman against her children, husband, etc. in a zero-sum power struggle. Pro-life men can be easily written off with, “Well, men could never understand,” or the ever-witty discussion killer, “You don’t have a uterus!” Pro-life women are harder to explain for pro-aborts.
My small quibble aside, it’s an excellent article, so here’s Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, an organization that helps post-abortive parents, and makes it possible for women and men who want to to tell the stories of their abortions and the aftermath.]
The Attacks Aren’t Because Palin Is Pro-Life…..
by Janet Morana
It’s been over a year since the election of 2008 and yet Sarah Palin cannot show up in the news without a barrage of vicious attacks from the media. Although she is no longer a candidate for vice president, the vitriol continues to spew over the release of her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Many think the anti-Sarah sentiment stems from her solid pro-life position but I would like to explore reasons that go way beyond her feelings about abortion.
As you look back in history to the late 1960s and 1970s, you see a wave of feminist ideals being sold to women, including the notion that they needed to delay motherhood to get ahead in their careers. Many women bought into this belief that giving birth and career advancement didn’t mix. So what happened?
Many women chose the birth control route, delaying marriage and childbirth well into their thirties and even forties. Their biological clocks ticked away and they sacrificed the most fertile time in their lives for career advancement and what they thought would be true happiness.
Some, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy they believed would interfere with their careers, chose the abortion route. They sacrificed the life of their unborn child for their own personal career advancement. Now enter Sarah Palin, a woman with a husband, children and a high-profile career. Yes, this hockey Mom went from school board, to mayor, to governor to a vice presidential candidate! And her own unplanned pregnancy ended not in the hands of an abortionist, but in the loving embrace of the Palin family.
Now when the women who sacrificed motherhood either by abortion or birth control look at Sarah, they can’t stand her, even if they can’t explain why. Because she was able to have a family and a career, they see her as having the best of both worlds. They see, in this confident, self-possessed, accomplished woman, surrounded by a loving family, everything they gave up.
In a nation that has lost more than 50 million children to abortion, we have millions of women who have these repressed feelings. Many have suffered silently from these negative consequences since their abortion. I know first-hand about this trauma and I invite anyone still dealing with the pain, shame and regret of abortion to visit www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org.
The next time you hear Sarah being attacked so viciously, consider that it might be because we are a nation that has been wounded by abortion.