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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The politics of choice

From an Associated Press story this morning about evangelical Christians being happy with John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate:

Not only does Palin oppose abortion as a matter of policy, but she chose to give birth to her youngest child, a son, after a prenatal exam indicated Down syndrome. Studies show that about nine in 10 pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion.

"That will resonate in a big way," said Quin Monson, a Brigham Young University professor who studies religion and politics.

Resonate with whom, Mr. Monson? Most Americans - 60 percent of poll respondents, according to Gallup - support a woman's right to choose abortion.



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