Character is revealed in crisis, and Governor Sarah Palin had a crisis that challenged her basic values when she learned that the child she was carrying – her fifth – would have Down Syndrome.
What would this pro-life wife and mother do?
For Sarah Palin, there really was no question: she would love her child.
Women who argue that men have no right to talk about abortion (as though ideas and morality have male or female genitalia), who argue that a child with Down Syndrome is the “poster child” for termination, are stymied in the face of this courageous woman.
Tim Graham wrote a magnificent article on the story, saying in part:
Immediately the family made this announcement: “Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives.”
Trig Palin has Down syndrome. Early prenatal testing alerted the Palins to this chromosomal abnormality, as it is alerting more and more families in the early stages of pregnancy.
Unfortunately, because of early screening, more children with Down syndrome are aborted and fewer and fewer are being born.
Children with Down syndrome do bring “unspeakable joy” into this world. I know the laughter and blessings my 5-year-old nephew, Ethan, with Down syndrome, has brought to our family. But how do you explain this joy to a perfection-at-any-price world?
Sarah Palin didn’t want perfection; she wanted her child. And, with a true mother’s heart, she loved her child no matter what, and – with her husband – was willing to fight for her baby.
And she chose to rejoice in her newborn baby even though he wasn’t “perfect.” Who is?
The Nazis had a phrase that they used to justify the killing of all kinds of unwanted human beings – lebensunwertes leben – “life unworthy to be lived.” Sarah Palin proved with in the most powerful way imaginable that she believes all innocent human life is worthy to be lived.
The liberal’s response? That makes her a terrible, narrow-minded person.
She’s everything Barack Obama despises: she’s clinging to her guns and her religion, and add to that a baby that Obama would have gladly left out to die.
But the reaction to Sarah Palin is already revealing who really has “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”