Nathan Deal, one of the two remaining candidates for the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination, believes that abortion ought to be banned even in cases involving rape or incest, and would permit the procedure only when the mother’s life is in danger.
Karen Handel, his opponent, describes herself as pro-life but would allow exceptions in cases of rape or incest, a position that makes her the flaming liberal in the race.
Because of that difference, Georgia Right to Life has thrown its weight behind Deal and opposes Handel with a bitterness that is a bit surprising. Apparently its leadership fears that if Handel is allowed to win a high-profile statewide GOP primary, some of her fellow Republicans might begin to believe that they too can ignore GRTL’s orders without consequence
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s Sarah Palin. Her endorsement of Handel has further embarrassed GRTL among the GOP conservatives that represent its source of political power. And as GRTL Executive Director Melanie Crozier explained to Politico, they don’t like it one little bit.
“[Palin] has a son with Down’s Syndrome, and under Karen Handel’s laws, Handel would have felt like it was ok to go in and abort that child,” said Crozier. “But when you look at Sarah Palin’s pattern—going out finding mainly women candidates that were in the lead and endorsing them, that’s not really a surprise. She saw Handel had a decent lead, so I think she sort of jumped on the bandwagon.”
The lack of decency and sense of proportion in those comments is pretty appalling. GRTL had no right to drag Trig Palin into this debate in that kind of context, particularly to use against Palin, and the smear regarding Handel is downright startling. But it’s also nothing new.
Earlier in the campaign, Handel had also angered GRTL with her support for infertility clinics. She and her husband have tried but failed to have children, and Handel opposes laws that in effect would ban in vitro fertilization as a technique for treating infertility. (The process creates fertilized eggs that in some cases are never implanted, a fact that horrifies the life-begins-at-conception camp.)
“Someone’s desperate right to parenthood – because they’re infertile, they’re barren, whatever term you want to use – is an emotionally fraught subject that has our highest sympathy,” responded Dan Becker, GRTL’s president. “But it should never be attempted to be addressed where a life is taken in the process.”
It’s ironic to see people who claim to defend humanity in fact demonstrate so little humanity themselves.