“Senator McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running mate makes clear that John McCain is completely out of touch on the issues that matter to American women. The last thing women need is a president — and vice president — who are prepared to turn back the clock on women's rights and repeal the protections of Roe v. Wade.Ms. Richards is the late Governor Ann Richards' daughter, and is Planned Parenthood's Action Fund President.
Richards talks about how this election must be about moving forward, how is must be about change rather than more of the same. But the McCain/Palin ticket wants to revoke Roe V. Wade; Ms. Palin is vehemently anti-abortion. She is even at odds with her own party, "specifically her unwillingness to grant her own child a choice to end a pregnancy induced by rape."
Ms. Palin is pro-contraception and said she's a member of a pro-woman but anti-abortion group called Feminists for Life. In 2002, she declared herself "as pro-life as any candidate can be." This begs another question: how can someone call themselves "pro-life" if they support the death penalty and ariel hunting of endangered species?
Andrew Halcro, one of the candidates in Alaska's 2006 Governor's Race, said "You don't have the ability to pick and choose who you can discriminate against." He was referring to Gay Rights, but the statement refers so perfectly to the positions of the far right - the contradictions in their positions baffle me, and probably every thinking voter. How can someone be "pro-life" yet condone the death penalty, condone war as a solution, condone hunting? How can someone approve the use of contraceptives but opposed to sex education in schools? That message really confuses me - is it okay to have sex as long as you use protection, but please, please, don't talk about it, don't learn about it.
Barack Obama offers real solutions that are clear, consistent, and rational. We stand on the precipice of a very steep cliff - are we going to vote for real change, or are we going to let more and more of our freedoms and dignity be erased? November 4 is critical.