Palin has enjoyed a charmed life. She married her high school sweeheart; she was and still is loved. Her tough stance on incest or rape victims having to carry a baby full term hardly refers to her. I will give her credit for the keeping of her Down Syndrome baby, but didn’t she run under an anti-abortion flag prior to this conception and following revelation? How could she get an abortion, even if she considered being hypocritical? What secrets can be hidden in a state with the population of Alaska? The fact that she flew, knowing that after seven months physicians and airlines alike discourage it,  putting her unborn child at great risk. To have a leaking bag of amniotic fluid on a long flight does not show a great deal of concern for possible complications which could arise in ANY pregnancy. Would the airlines have been able to deliver her Down Syndrome baby without a possible mistake? What if there had been a cord wrapped around the baby’s neck, which, would have been undetected if there was no monitoring of the baby for signs of fetal distress.  How would Palin even know if her baby was inside, dying?  Ruptured amniotic fluid is serious. Dry-birth following the leaking of amniotic fluid is a complication. Palin’s forty-four year old age categorized her pregnancy as an obstetrical high-risk pregnancy. Why the playing loose and wrecklessly in this particular situation?

My next point is this: has anyone stopped to consider the recent rash of pregnant-wife killings plaguing our nation? Has anyone stopped to think about the implications of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade in our selfish society? Has anyone stopped to realize that teenage pregnancy is no longer a problem for just “them?” There is more involved than just the pregnancy itself. There does exist evidence of a syndrome of maternal  ambivalance-which could easily lead to innocent toddlers being locked in the trunk of a car-by mothers who are not ready to settle down. How much more detached will the pregnant woman of incest or rape be? How eager will adoptive parents be to adopt a baby which is the result of incest, knowing the incalculable medical problems that they might face? With the advent of medical technology in the field of infertility, as well as willing surrogates, there are people who want their own biological children, if they can possibly have them. Adoption might not even be considered.

There are men, who will be held accountable for their actions by advances in DNA. Gone are the days of, “its not mine!” This, alone, might push some of them to the actual abuse or homicide of these pregnant women. The carefree life of the male gadfly will be over. This man may not act so very well towards the women that Biden legislation has vowed to protect. There will be an increased rash of babies who are unloved and in danger as well as the mothers who are unloved and in danger. There will be the financial responsibilities which men will have to face if they impregnate a woman without weighing the costs. How many of these women will be despised? No more one night stands, fellas! There are also the many cases of “failed protection.” State by state there are agencies which enforce men to pay for the children they conceive. Even if an extended family is prepared to help the pregnant woman without the assist of the impregnating male, if she should ever fall on hard times and need public assisistance, the man will be made to repay the debt by the enforcing agency.  He will also have to pay when the  DNA test says that he is the biological father.

Accountability yes, but everyone does not lead a charmed life. Everyone does not have family support, everyone does not have the ability to have a “shot-gun wedding,” everyone is not as fortunate as the Palin clan. There are abused women everywhere who will testify that the abuse did not begin until the first pregnancy, until the first child. WOMEN and MEN of procreative age everywhere SHOULD BE  CONCERNED about the philosophy and plans of the Republican agenda to overturn Roe Vs. Wade. I see, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths, increased abuse of pregnant women, increased abuse of married women who get pregnant; in which the family cannot afford another child, I see self-centered men everywhere  plotting to get rid of the “damning evidence.” What I do not see is success with the abstinence teaching for our teens who are sexually active, nor the success of abstinence teaching  in the face of marching “peer pressure.”  I do not see abstinence teaching as being the solution to counter the incalcuable dangerous possibilities that women will face, if McCain-Palin have it their way.

Alice Parris