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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 5, 2008
CONTACT:  Diane Gramley  1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355

What to Do With a Politician Who Doesn’t Just Talk But Does
-- Where is NOW?

(Harrisburg) – One week ago very few Americans knew of Sarah Palin.  But with Senator John McCain’s announcement last Friday that she was his vice presidential running mate the mainstream media has been on the attack.  According to the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide traditional values organization, as Americans get to know Governor Palin and her willingness to not only talk about being pro-life but live it, the media’s unprecedented scrutiny of her family has been relentless, uncalled for and mean-spirited.  The AFA of PA also asks, “Where is NOW” and has contacted them with a few questions. 

“The silence of women’s organizations such as the National Organization for Women is very telling.  According to their website NOW wants to ‘bring about equality to all women.’  Apparently that is unless that woman is a conservative, pro-life Republican VP pick,” stated Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.

It has been asked:

q    Is the baby boy Trig really Governor Palin’s son or grandson – is she providing cover for her 17-year old daughter Bristol? (Daily Kos blogger)  (This was quickly squelched when it was announced that Bristol is five months pregnant, will keep the baby and marry the father.)  (PBS’ Mark Shields, ABC’s Diane Sawyer)

q    Why would a mother choose to have a baby at 44 years of age, let alone a Down’s Syndrome baby?

q    Did Governor Palin take proper pre-natal care?  (Fox News Alan Colmes)

q    Does Governor Palin have the necessary experience to be Vice President?  (NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC, CBS, CNN Wolf Blitzer)

q    Since she is a mother of five – including a Down’s baby -- will she have the time to be Vice President?   Will she neglect her infant son?  (CNN’s John Roberts, ABC’s Bill Weir)

The AFA of PA contacted NOW to ask them if they would stand quietly by if Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or any other liberal female politician were asked these same questions or if their children were placed under a media microscope. 

“Governor Palin is a politician who doesn’t just say she is pro-life, she lives it everyday.  She was advised that her recent pregnancy would end in the birth of a Down’s Syndrome baby and was encouraged to abort her baby.  Rather than have an abortion, like 90 percent of mothers of Down’s babies do, she delivered him four months ago.   Rather than encourage her 17 year old unmarried daughter Bristol to have an abortion when it was announced she was pregnant, the family extended their unconditional love and support.  All the media seems to be able to do is attack a pro-lifer simply because she’s walking what she’s talking,” continued Gramley.

The Palin family statement concerning their daughter’s pregnancy:  “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.
Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family.”

“The media just doesn’t know how to deal with someone the caliber of Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin and their media bias is revealed daily,” concluded Gramley


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