.- This morning Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was selected by Sen. John McCain to serve as his vice presidential nominee. Palin brings with her several unique credentials, but one of the most notable is that she is a proud member of Feminists for Life, according to the groupâs president Serrin Foster.
In an interview with CNA on Friday, Foster explained that her group normally doesnât disclose its membership, but since Gov. Palin freely spoke about it to the Anchorage Daily News in August of 2006, she could confirm that Palin joined in 2006.
Sarah Palin also revealed in the same article that she has âadamantly supportedâ the pro-life cause since âI first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion.â
Gov. Sarah Palin is not just spouting rhetoric regarding her dedication to protecting life. On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her fifth child Trig Paxon Van Palin, despite her doctorâs suggestion that she abort him because he has Downâs Syndrome.
Palinâs beliefs mesh well with Feminists for Lifeâs goal of âsystematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortionâ and âdoing so through women centered solutions.â The vice presidential nominee explained that she believes âno woman should have to choose between her career, education and her child.â
While Palin, a non-denominational Protestant, is anti-abortion, she is in support of contraception, a position that lies beyond the scope of FFLâs mission, Ms. Foster said.
The selection of Sarah Palin as McCainâs running mate led Foster to reflect on what the event means for women and the feminist movement.
âOne can only wonder how Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would feel to see this: Hillary speaking on the anniversary of the 88th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. And now, Sarah Palin two days later, becoming the first pro-life feminist to be chosen as a major partyâs vice presidential nominee.â
FFLâs president also pointed out that her group has seen unprecedented success in recent weeks because âthe platforms of both major U.S. political parties incorporate key pieces of FFL's unique message."
The Democratic Party platform added language this year that states: âThe Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre and post natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.â
Ms. Foster was particularly surprised and happy to learn that the proposed platform for the Republican Party will include the phrase she coinedââWomen deserve better than abortion," she told CNA.