.- Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, in a speech at a Saturday rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has attacked what she called Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obamaâs âextreme and troublingâ stand on abortion. Palin argued that there are few issues more important than who is protected under law and insisted that everyone âbelongs in the circle of protection.â
âAs defenders of the culture of life, John McCain and I believe in the goodness and potential of every innocent life,â Gov. Palin began. âI believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?â
âEvery innocent life matters,â she continued. âEveryone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the worldâs standards of perfection â¦ and then there are Godâs, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake.â
Palin recalled how she greeted the news that her youngest son Trig would have âspecial needsâ before turning to an attack upon Sen. Obama.
âAt first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can tell you a few things Iâve learned already. â¦ As for our beautiful baby boy, for Todd and me, he is only more precious because he is vulnerable. In some ways, I think we stand to learn more from him than he does from us. When we hold Trig and care for him, we donât feel scared anymore. We feel blessed,â Palin said.
âItâs hard to think of many issues that could possibly be more important than who is protected in law and who isnât â who is granted life and who is denied it. So when our opponent, Senator Obama, speaks about questions of life, I listen very carefully.â
Palin attacked Obamaâs remarks he made in a Johnstown appearance about not wanting his daughters âpunished with a baby.â
âItâs about time we called him on it,â she said, charging that the Democratic presidential candidate is âvague and evasiveâ on the subject.
Palin argued that Obama has voted against bills to end partial-birth abortion, citing Democratic Sen. Patrick Moynihanâs description of the procedure as âtoo close to infanticide.â
She then noted Obamaâs Illinois Senate votes against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA), charging:
âBarack Obama wouldnât even stand up for the rights of infants born alive during an abortion. These infants â often babies with special needs â are simply left to die. â
She also stated that Obama had misrepresented his record on BAIPA.
âIn short, Senator Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life. He has sided with those who wonât even protect a child born alive,â Palin asserted.
Noting that there are many concerns at issue in the election, Palin commented:
âItâs easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life. And it seems our opponent hopes that you will forget. Like so much else in his agenda, he hopes you wonât notice how radical his ideas and record are until itâs too late.â
She claimed that Obama would support âactivist courtsâ that will âcontinue to smother the open and democratic debate we need on this issue, at both the state and federal level.â
Earlier that week, in a Thursday interview with radio show host Laura Ingraham, Palin called Obamaâs position on the Illinois BAIPA âabsolutely atrociousâ and âappalling,â Cybercast News Service says.
âI wish I had more time to explain to people what Barack Obamaâs position has been on this. Because I think, Laura, it has been missing out there in the discussion, in the debate, about the choices that they have in candidates on November 4th.â
âI think that if more Americans could understand how absolutely extreme that position is, there would be a heck of a lot more outrage than we already see,â she continued.
Palin also attacked Obamaâs BAIPA position while speaking at a town hall meeting in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Thursday.
âWhat I don't find compassionate is Barack Obama's vote, as an Illinois senator, when three times he had the chance to vote to be able to provide health care for a child who was born alive as a result of a botched abortion,â she said.