GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin soundly criticized Sen. Barack Obama's pro-abortion record during a rally for her running mate, Sen. John McCain.
“Barack Obama wouldn’t even stand up for the rights of infants born alive during an abortion," Palin said at the rally in Johnstown, Pa. Saturday. "These infants — often babies with special needs — are simply left to die."
Invoking the GOP ticket’s stand against abortion, she told the audience, “In this same spirit, as defenders of the culture of life, John McCain and I believe in the goodness and potential of every innocent life. I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?"
Turning to her own experience, the Alaska governor recalled that, when she learned that her unborn son, Trig, would have special needs, she said, "I had to prepare my heart for the challenges to come. At first I was scared, and (husband) Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can Tell you a few things I’ve learned already."
Declaring that "every innocent life matters,” she added, "Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the world’s standards of perfection . . . and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to him for their own sake."
Few issues are as important as “who is protected in law and who isn’t — who is granted life and who is denied it," she said, adding that she "listens very carefully when Senator Obama speaks about questions of life.
"I listened when he defended his unconditional support for unlimited abortions. He said that a woman shouldn’t have to be — quote — 'punished with a baby.' He said that right here in Johnstown — 'punished with a baby' — and it’s about time we called him on it."
Citing what she called Obama's evasiveness on the subject of abortion, Palin said, "Americans need to see his record for what it is. It’s not negative or mean-spirited to talk to about his record. Whatever party you belong to, there are facts you need to know."
She said Obama has voted against bills to end partial-birth abortion, citing his record in the Illinois Senate, when a bipartisan majority passed legislation against the practice. "Senator Obama opposed that bill. He voted against it in committee, and voted 'present' on the Senate floor. In that Legislature, 'present' is how you vote when you’re against something, but don’t want to be held to account," she said.
She recalled that the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan described partial-birth abortion as “too close to infanticide.”
"Barack Obama thinks it’s a constitutional right, but he is wrong," she said.
Obama "is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life,” she said. “He has sided with those who won’t even protect a child born alive. And this exposes the emptiness of his promises to move beyond the 'old politics.' "
Voting for Obama “is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate we need on this issue, at both the state and federal level,” she said.
"A vote for Barack Obama would give the ultimate power over the issue of life to a politician who has never once done anything to protect the unborn.”
Obama "offers no hope at all in meeting this great challenge to the conscience of America," she said.
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