This is the third in a series outlining the reported social positions of Sarah Palin-the first being on drugs/marijuana/enforcement/liberalization with the second being on same-sex marriage
With the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 an open field at this stage and with the possibility that Sarah Palin may choose to run it is important to remove the leftist myths and legends, distortions and calumnies and consider her approach to social/moral issues.
It is those issues which have been the subject of perhaps the most gross media/leftist distortion which Palin being categorized as a far right ultra-conservative.
Palin is clealry differentiated from the likes of E.G. Todd Akin whose views on rape she repudaited by calling for him to step down from his candidacy for senator from Missouri.
The truth is that Palin holds personal religious/ethical views which she is careful to separate, as famously did John F. Kennedy, from political top down enforcement. She clearly stated this as per the article below
In some areas her political/social views are libertarian but one of the strongest aspects of her activism is her Jeffersonian/Jacksonian dedication to states rights.
This is very clearly highlighted in Palin's attitude to abortion/right to life. Clearly she opposes abortion on a personal level, but not to totality. Just as clearly she sees the matter addressed firstly on a states right level and secondly as part of a national dialogue-the latter lead to where it may.
Any leftist who opposes states rights on this issue is a hypocrite if, at the same time, they hold to participatory democracy as being the American way.
Palin is opposed to abortion in almost all cases, including rape and incest, but not if the life of the mother is endangered. In 2006, while running for governor, Palin was asked what she would do if her own daughter were raped and became pregnant; she responded that she would "choose life." She and her husband have stated that they have "faith that every baby is created for a good purpose." When asked what she would do as governor if Roe v. Wade were overturned, she responded "it would not be up [to me] to unilaterally ban anything. It would be up to the people of Alaska to discuss and decide how we would like our society to reflect our values." Palin personally supported bills to outlaw late-term abortions and to require parental consent for underage abortions in Alaska, but rebuffed religious conservatives who wanted to legislate restrictions on abortion even though she agreed with the bills.
In her televised interview with ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson on September 12, 2008, Sarah Palin made the statement that as a politician she felt that her opinions were to be made openly to the public, but that sometimes it may differ with political legislation. When Gibson asked if she thought Roe v. Wade should be overturned, she replied, "I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue." Palin also said that she hoped "to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life." Gibson noted that Republican presidential nominee John McCain allows exceptions for rape or incest, and asked, "Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?" Palin answered, "That is my personal opinion." When pressed on the matter, she said, "My personal opinion is that abortion allowed if the life of the mother is endangered. Please understand me on this. I do understand McCain's position on this. I do understand others who are very passionate about this issue who have a differing [opinion].""