“Why would Sarah Palin still not support abortion if a woman is raped?”

Sarah Palin says that she is completely against abortion. The only exceptions she has is if a woman’s life is in danger. McCain on the other hand, would also add rape to this category of exceptions. Palin said that she would still not support abortion even if her own daughter had been raped. She said this at the time when her daughter was fourteen years old which means that even if her daughter had been raped, at fourteen, she would still make her have the baby at fourteen. Palin says, “I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.” This may be important to Palin, but it sure does have the press talking. Sarah Palin’s opinions on abortion may not help her in this election. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL (Natural Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) Pro Choice America says, “ Woman voters are going to reject both her and John Mccain, and I think we see it specifically because we reach out to Republicans and Independent pro-choice woman. They live in the suburbs and exurbs. They are very much part of the mainstream America. And woman in general will reject that ticket.” One of John McCain’s reasons for choosing Sarah Palin as his vice president is because she is a woman and would attract the Hillary Clinton supporters. Palin’s beliefs on abortion will most likely give him a much smaller number of votes from those people than he was expecting. Both John McCain and Sarah Palin may be surprised with the number of votes that they do not receive because of Palin’s views on abortion.


Why do women choose abortion?
Abortion is a very serious matter where a woman who is pregnant decides to kill their baby inside their womb because they are incapable of caring for the baby. Some reasons for abortion include teenage pregnancy. Being a teenager, of course, on would not be able to care for a baby while juggling a part-time job as well a school. A reason that is most common for women to chose abortion is to end an unwanted pregnancy, or to prevent the birth of a child with birth defects or severe medical problems. Another reason for abortion is most mothers would want to abort their child of the pregnancy was resulting from rape or incest. Abortion is an extremely delicate issue, there are many people feeling strongly for each side of the argument. Abortion is also a melancholy issue. All women have an undeniable attachment to their baby, whether they know that abortion is the right procedure for their baby or not.


Abortion is the termination of the life of an embryo or fetus before the delivery. Abortion is a very controversial issue in the United States today. The presidential candidates have different views about abortion. Most people know about abortion but some people do not know the current terms and laws about abortion. Partial-birth abortion is the process of an induced early delivery where the fetus’ skull is crushed before the end of the delivery. Roe vs. Wade is a Supreme Court decision passed in 1973 that made abortion legal. The Human life Amendment would be added to the Constitution that would overturn Roe vs. Wade.

  • Roe v. Wade - The Supreme Court decided to legalize abortion in 1973
  • Pro Choice - upholds Roe v. Wade
  • Pro Life - seeking to overturn or limit Roe v. Wade
  • SCHIP - State Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Partial-Birth Abortion - The fetel skull is crushed before the delivery is completed

Mccain on Abortion
  • Pro Life
  • Voted for reversal of Roe v. Wade
  • Believes that the exceptions for abortion is if a woman is raped or her life is endangered
  • Concerned that if abortion is made illegal, women will undergo "illegal dangerous operations"
  • Voted Yes on banning partial birth abortions
  • Voted Yes on keeping the ban on Military Base Abortions
  • Voted Yes on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP
  • Voted No on spending $100 million to reduce teen pregnancies with education and contraceptives
  • Voted Yes on a criminal penalty if the unborn fetus is harmed during other crimes

Palin on Abortion
  • Pro Life
  • Only exception would be if the mother's life was endangered
  • Would still oppose abortion even if her daughter got raped
  • Safe Haven Bill: allows the surrendering of the newborns without persecution
  • "every baby is created with a future and potential"
  • opposes use of public funds for abortions

Obama on Abortion
  • Pro Choice
  • Believes that women will make the right choice on whether or not to get an abortion
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Voted against banning abortion
  • Undecided on whether or not life begins at conception
  • Voted No on "defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP"
  • Voted No on prohibiting minors to cross state lines for abortion
  • Voted No on notifying parents of the minor who get abortions over the state lines
  • Voted Yes on spending $100 million to reduce teen pregnancies with education and contraceptives
  • Voted Yes on "expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines"

Biden on Abortion
  • Supports partial-birth abortion ban
  • Supports keeping Roe v. Wade
  • Believes life begins at conception
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions
  • Voted YES on $100 million to reduce teen pregnancy by education and contraceptives
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during another crime
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning

Abortion Statistics
Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700

Who's having abortions (age)?
52% of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions; Teenagers obtain 20% and girls under 15 account for 1.2%.

Who's having abortions (race)?
While white women obtain 60% of all abortions, their abortion rate is well below that of minority women. Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are roughly 2 times as likely.

Who's having abortions (marital status)?
64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women; Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4%.

Who's having abortions (religion)?
Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as "Born-again/Evangelical".

Who's having abortions (income)?
Women with family incomes less than $15,000 obtain 28.7% of all abortions; Women with family incomes between $15,000 and $29,999 obtain 19.5%; Women with family incomes between $30,000 and $59,999 obtain 38.0%; Women with family incomes over $60,000 obtain 13.8%.

Why women have abortions
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).

At what gestational ages are abortions performed:
52% of all abortions occur before the 9th week of pregnancy, 25% happen between the 9th & 10th week, 12% happen between the 11th and 12th week, 6% happen between the 13th & 15th week, 4% happen between the 16th & 20th week, and 1% of all abortions (16,450/yr.) happen after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Likelihood of abortion:
An estimated 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old. 47% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one previous abortion.

Abortion coverage:
48% of all abortion facilities provide services after the 12th week of pregnancy. 9 in 10 managed care plans routinely cover abortion or provide limited coverage. About 14% of all abortions in the United States are paid for with public funds, virtually all of which are state funds. 16 states (CA, CT, HI, ED, IL, MA , MD, MD, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OR, VT, WA and WV) pay for abortions for some poor women.

(Statistics all taken from http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html)



By: Emily Oing, Maggie Venable ,and Sarah Whitney Anderson at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga.