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Illustration for article titled No, Sarah Palin, you do not get to politicize Chelsea Clintons fetus

This is wrong on so many levels.

Sarah Palin had an interview recently with Extra's Mario Lopez (sure, why not) covering a range of political topics, but it's the first question asking whether Hillary Clinton being a grandmother could potentially make her more "likeable" (Mario, don't make me slap you too) that should go down as one of Palin's all time lows. She says:

Also [Hillary], just knowing that her daughter Chelsea is pregnant with a baby – it's a real baby! It's not some disposable something (and I know that will be controversial). But those who, perhaps, they're in this position now as a parent or a grandparent, they realize sanctity of life, how innocent, how precious it is. And of all places it should be in the womb that these babies are protected. So maybe even on a social issue like that she'll open her eyes.


The tone in Palin's harmless, mountain air, home cookin' voice really belies the outrageously inappropriate views she's espousing. Not only does she disregard the unspoken agreement that family (not just Chelsea but also Chelsea's fetus) should not be used as pawns in political debate, she also uses that fetus as a prop in her lousy pro-life rhetoric. That takes some nerve. And to make the offense even worse, it's dripping in the irony of "it should be in the womb that these babies are protected."

Thanks for the wisdom, Sarah! Too bad you forgot to abide by your own words!

But the idiocy goes far deeper than just taking pot-shots at Chelsea Clinton and her unborn baby. By equating Clinton's welcome, joyous pregnancy with the real issues facing young women who are not ready for a child, Sarah Palin proves that she does not understand the most simple of facts surrounding a woman's decision to have an abortion. An abortion is not a disavowal of family or the desire to be a mother. It is the acceptance that at that particular moment a baby would not receive the full attention it deserves nor would the mother be able to sufficiently care for herself given the new mountain of responsibilities. To press even further, an abortion allows the young woman to be an even better mother in the future (through increased education, pay, maturity, etc.) when she decides—potentially—that she is ready to have a child. Catch that, Roguester?

And for God's sake, assuming that Hillary Clinton thinks of a fetus as a "disposable something" should be considered slander. It's the woman's body! Humans don't generally undergo life-altering surgeries or procedures and consider the lost matter just "disposable somethings." This is a huge decision for any woman to make and to belittle it by assuming that it's just as easy as taking out the trash is near evil. No, we Libs don't consider the fetus to be a live sentient being; we consider it part of the woman who is making the decision which is just as important.

Good grief. Is Sarah Palin running for president? Let's wait for the 1900 electoral cycle.

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