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Governor Palin, President Obama, and the Life-and-Death Issue that Defines Them

Of all the potential 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin provides the starkest contrast to President Obama. With the debut of the TLC series ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’, America is getting an in-depth look at the former First Family of Alaska. This includes the newest additions, son Trig Palin and grandson Tripp Johnston—and therein lies the rub. Trig Palin has Down syndrome, and Tripp Johnston is the son of a single mother. So what would the Obama family do if faced with similar circumstances?

As an Illinois state senator, Barrack Obama opposed a bill that would have prevented the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. As Illinois Senator, he opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion. And at a town hall meeting in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in March of 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Barrack Obama stated, “… I got two daughters … if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” I’ll leave it to you to speculate on Obama’s family decisions and his chances of surviving any primary challenges, but if the 2012 presidential campaign comes down to Palin vs Obama, life and death issues will once again take center stage—the life and death issues of unborn babies.

Jeff Jorgensen
Treynor, IA

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