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Sarah Palin considered having an abortion?

Published April 17, 2009 4:44PM (EDT)

Last night, at a pro-life rally in Indiana, Sarah Palin told a story that is grabbing headlines today. She said that she considered having an abortion 13 weeks into her pregnancy, after learning her son Trig would be born with Down's Syndrome. Here's a quote from the story on AOL:

"Just for a fleeting moment I thought, 'No one knows me here; no one would ever know.' ... My amniocentesis came back and then I understood why some people would think they could change their circumstances, just take care of it. Todd didn't even know [the results of the prenatal testing yet] so no one would know."

Given the audience, the anecdote was no doubt meant to make her appear even more pro-life, more Christian -- after all, overcoming temptation and sin is one of the great religious narratives. And yet, at the same time, the story underscores an important point: She had a choice.


By Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget."

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