- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sarah and abortion

Gov. Sarah Palin, Alaska Republican, recently admitted that she briefly considered aborting her child with Down syndrome to an audience of pro-lifers.

“When my amniocentesis results came back, showing what they called abnormalities, oh, dear God, I knew. I had instantly an understanding for that fleeting moment why someone would believe it could seem possible to change those circumstances,” Mrs. Palin said in a speech before a pro-life group in Evansville, Ind. “Just make it all go away and get some normalcy back in life. Just take care of it. Because at the time, only my doctor knew the results, Todd didn’t even know. No one would know. But I would know.”

Mrs. Palin decided to carry the child, Trig, to term because of her faith.

“The moment he was born, I knew that moment my prayers had been answered,” she said. She added, “I had to ask myself, ‘Was I going to walk the walk or was I just going to talk the talk,’ ” she said.

Pro-choice advocacy group NARAL said Mrs. Palin’s remarks sounded favorable to their cause.

“We think Gov. Sarah Palin was fortunate to have had access to full information, unbiased counseling, excellent medical care, and the space in which to make the private decision that was best for her and her family,” Elizabeth J. Shipp, political director at NARAL, said in a statement. “Every American woman deserves the same. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Gov. Palin sounds remarkably pro-choice.”

Guns and greens

The Department of Interior will be conducting an investigation to determine the environmental impact of carrying weapons into national parks and wildlife refuges after a court ruled against the practice, thus banning, at least temporarily, guns from entering those locations.

Those who held permits for concealed weapons were allowed to carry guns in national parks for a brief period, because of a ruling the Bush administration made in its final days.

District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly struck that rule down in March, saying the Bush officials did not consider the environmental impact guns could have in protected areas. The Department of Interior was then given an April 20 deadline to announce further action and said Monday it would begin to look into the environmental effects guns could have on these areas.

The investigation will not be completed for at least 30 days, and no guns will be permitted on these grounds until it is finished. If significant environmental problems can be tied to guns on park grounds, the ban could be kept in place, which would surely outrage gun rights advocates.

The National Rifle Association supports the original Bush rule in part because guns can be used by visitors against criminals roaming the parks and to fend off dangerous animals.

“Visitors should be able to defend themselves and their family, whether it’s against two-legged attackers or four-legged ones,” NRA Legislative Director Chris Cox said. The NRA is appealing the court’s decision.

Tea polling

A new Rasmussen poll found 51 percent of Americans favorably view the “tea parties” held last week, 32 percent of them saying they thought the events were “very favorable.” Thirty-three percent described their opinion of the tea parties as not favorable. Fifteen percent were not sure what to think of them.

One in four adults said they knew someone who attended one of the April 15 tax-day protests.

State shopping

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd isn’t gathering much nutmeg in the Nutmeg State.

The Connecticut Democrat has taken a beating in state polls on charges of accepting a sweetheart mortgage from Countrywide and his role in the bailouts as chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and tried to compensate for it by raising big bucks out of state.

Only $4,250 of the $600,000 Mr. Dodd raised in individual contributions for his 2010 race from January through April came from Connecticut donors, according to an analysis conducted by the Connecticut Post.

And that figure was from just five people.

The Drudge Retort snarkily suggested that “Dodd may want to move to Massachusetts where he’s raised $90,000 so far. He’s pretty popular in Texas too, raising $81,000 down there. Or do some kind of a weird Maryland/New York combo-meal thing as residents have combined in those two states to give him more than $100,000.”

He also raised $437,406 from political action committees.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at 202/636-4883 or [email protected]

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