Sarah Palin on Abortion

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010

Summary

Governor Palin is strongly pro-life. She has stated that life begins at the moment of conception. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Governor Palin gave numerous interviews where she was asked about her views on possible exemptions for abortion due to rape or incest. She stated numerous times that she would council the mother to choose life. She did give an exception for when the health of the mother was at risk. She stated that she would not support a measure to criminalize the act of abortions for expected mothers who sought and carried out the procedure.

When asked in interviews about contraceptives, Governor Palin stated that she supported the use of contraceptives. She stated that the morning after pill was effective after the moment of conception and that she was therefore not supportive of the measure.

In 2006 Mayor Sarah Palin was asked if she would support a resolution to create a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion. She stated that she would indeed support such a measure. In 2008, Governor Palin was asked about whether or not she would support the overturning of Roe v Wade. She stated that abortion was a states right issue and that she would support the overturning of the law and returning the matter to the states.

 

2006 Alaska Governor's Debate

In 2006 Sarah Paling was running for the Governor's office and in a CSPAN debate she was asked if she would support a pending resolution which would call for a constitutional law to outlaw abortion. She said that she would support it. When asked if she would allow an abortion the victims of rape or incest, she stated that she would choose life.

 

Katie Couric Interview

On September 30, 2008, during the Presidential race, Governor Palin was interviewed by Katie Couric and asked about her positions on abortion. She states that life begins at conception, and that she opposes abortion. She is asked about whether or not she would support exemptions for rape or incest and states that she would council the mother to choose adoption. When asked about the morning after pill, Governor Palin explains that while she supports contraceptive, she considers the morning after pill to be after the moment of conception. She states that she would not support criminalizing the act so that the mother was punished.

 

Charlie Gibson Interview

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Governor Palin was interviewed by ABC News's Charlie Gibson. When asked about Roe v Wade, she stated that the ruling should be overturned as regulation of abortion is not a power granted to the federal government and the issue should therefore be relegated to the states. She affirms that she does not agree with the exceptions for rape or incest, but only in the case of the health of the mother.

 

Oprah Winfrey Interview

In November of 2009, Governor Palin appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and was asked about excerpts from her book which dealt with abortion and her realization that her youngest child would be born with down syndrome. She stated that she understood and empathized with mothers who would make the decision to terminate a child with such a handicap, but that she herself did not support the measure.

 

Support for Parental Consent Notification

In March of 2009, Governor Palin issued a facebook statement noting her support for parental consent notification that was being addressed in Alaska.

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