Sallie Ann Harrison: Outraged over Palin choice


Published: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 7:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 7:58 a.m.

As a longtime feminist activist, I am disgusted at John Mc Cain's selection of Sarah Palin, for Vice President. This is a slap in the face for every advocate for women's rights.

Palin, who has served only 20 months as Alaska's governor, has stated she wants to see abortions outlawed in all 50 states. This is chilling and certainly shameful. This is a woman who obviously does not know our history - or simply does not care.

As a survivor of the sixties and seventies, I am keenly aware that more women died from dangerous, illegal, back-alley abortions, than all the American casualties in Vietnam war!

Ironically, the first abortion bill in our country was passed because New York morticians approached state legislators and asked them to stop the massive deaths of women they had seen first-hand. Indeed, it was the the New York funeral-home industry, not the "Right to Life" movement, that sought to stop the wholesale slaughter of women. God bless the morticians of New York for stepping up to the plate!

As a mother and grandmother, I am outraged that Palin and Senator John Mc Cain want to bring back this kind of carnage to American women! We cannot allow this horrible part of history to repeat itself.

As a former Hillary Clinton supporter, I have realized that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are our best, no, our only hope, for protecting our reproductive rights, securing equal pay for equal work, restoring our failing economy, and salvaging our planet from the environmental damage it has suffered.

Please join me in this campaign for a better future for ourselves, our children, and grandchildren.Luckily, we have still have time to do it.

Sallie Ann Harrison,

Gainesville

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