After a report on Tuesday indicated that a pro-life group was planning to protest Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor's political action committee did its best to muffle the damage. But unlike Vegas — where secrets can often stay secret — whatever is scrubbed from the Internet does not remain scrubbed from the Internet.
Mother Jones's Stephanie Mencimer reported Tuesday,
For the Denver-based American Right to Life, when it comes to abortion, Palin is as impure as any godless feminist. “[H]er words and actions prove that she is officially pro-choice and stands against the God-given right to life of the unborn,” they write in a new report. ARTL members plan to educate reporters about Palin’s many alleged failings as a true believer, particularly her March nomination of a former Planned Parenthood board member to the Alaska Supreme Court and her refusal to call for a ban on the morning-after pill.
"Apparently ARTL has hit a nerve with the Palin campaign," Mencimer reports Wednesday. "Less than 24 hours after the group posted the report, Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, scrubbed its website of any mention of the court appointment. (Palin had issued a news release about it earlier this year.)"
Mencimer adds, "Fortunately, ARTL cached the web page and it's now available for the ages here."
During Monday's interview, Sarah Palin told Oprah Winfrey that after she learned her son had Down's syndrome she understood why some women would choose to have an abortion: "It was easy to understand why a woman would feel that it's easier to just do away with some less-than-ideal circumstances, to do away with the problem."
In the end, however, Palin said that the pregnancy reaffirmed her pro-life position.
“It also, though, really solidified my position that, yep, there are less than ideal circumstances in so many of our lives. It’s how we will react to those circumstances, how we will plow through them and make the most of what we’ve been given,” Palin told Winfrey.
This video is from ABC's Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast Nov. 16, 2009.
Full American RTL press release follows:
Christian Group Questions Palin's Pro-life Credentials
DENVER, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A political 527 group, which claims responsibility for derailing Mitt Romney's presidential hopes in 2008 in the early-contest states of Iowa and South Carolina, is now targeting Sarah Palin. But for what?
ProlifeProfiles.com, created by a nationwide research team working for American Right To Life, is being launched today highlighting Sarah Palin's surprisingly extensive and unflattering record on abortion.
As Palin's "Going Rogue" is being published, Darrell Birkey, research director for American RTL Action, said that if rogue "still means misleading and unreliable, then we should add Palin's entire book to her dossier at ProlifeProfiles.com."
In 2007 the nation's oldest "RTL" group, Colorado Right To Life, then a state affiliate of National RTL, issued a press release: "Rift Opens in Christian Right." Two and a half years later, that rift has become a chasm. Thirty-three states have followed Colorado's lead from last year and against the wishes of the old-guard pro-life industry are pursuing "Personhood" amendments and legislation, most working with Denver-based Personhood USA.
"When Romney exited the race," said Lolita Hanks, nurse practitioner and spokeswoman for American RTL, "we announced, 'No longer will National RTL be able to give fraudulent 100% pro-life ratings to Republican pro-choice candidates without being exposed nationally.'"
Opening that rift to the right, a coalition of pro-life organizations including Colorado RTL, Human Life International, Operation Rescue National / OSA, American Life League, and the founders of American RTL, published full-page newspaper ads addressed to Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family requesting help to restore truth and integrity to the pro-life movement. Pro-lifers can find reports on Dr. Dobson, Mitt Romney, Alan Keyes, George W. Bush, and many other leaders at ProlifeProfiles.com.
"Sarah Palin has presidential ambition, but she'll have to get serious about protecting the innocent," said Birkey, "because this time around, there's a personhood movement that will expose the pro-abortion record of pretend pro-life candidates."