Boom! Due to overwhelming and exhausting commitments in meatspace I’ve been forced to take a few days off blogging, but there’s always something (arrgh! there’s always something!) that drags me back to it.
This time it’s Sarah Palin’s sorry-ass admission that despite her absolutist anti-abortion position when it comes to other women, she herself considered aborting her last pregnancy:
Palin revealed more Thursday night, saying she was traveling when she got the result of the amniocentesis that revealed the chromosomal abnormality.
“There, just for a fleeting moment, I thought, I knew, ‘Nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know.’ “
Palin has long been a staunch supporter of abortion restrictions, and she pointed to her own “moment of doubt” to illustrate her support for carrying pregnancies to term, regardless of the circumstances.
“Just for a fleeting moment” — though one couldn’t be blamed for wondering what kind of speedometer measures as “fleeting” a time period long enough to include considering amniocentesis, having the test, and waiting for results. (By those standards my truck breaks the sound barrier in 2nd gear.)
Amnio is typically done on older pregnant women, and it’s done for one reason: to determine if there are fetal abnormalities so the pregnancy can be terminated if the woman so chooses. It also carries some risk to the fetus, whether it’s normal or not. It’s definitely not the kind of test someone would get if they were determined to carry a pregnancy to term regardless of fetal disposition, the prevailing attitude of anti-choice absolutists like Sarah Palin.
So it doesn’t look like Palin greeted this pregnancy with the unequivocal, unrestrained joy that she thinks should be the only choice for other women.
Some call this “hypocrisy” and I can’t say I disagree. We know all about this “choice for me but not for thee” routine.
It’s irrelevant that Palin ultimately chose to carry the pregnancy to term — the operative word is “chose“. Sarah weighed her options and made a choice, in a situation where, according to her, there should be no choice other than delivering a baby.
And that’s hypocrisy, with a capital “H” and a capital “YPOCRISY“.