Whoever imagined that we would see a Republican convention rapturously applaud an unwed teen mother?
Yet that is just what happened on Wednesday night in St. Paul. At the conclusion of Sarah Palin’s triumphant speech, the Alaskan Governor welcomed her family onto the stage: her husband, her five children and the fiancé of Bristol, her visibly pregnant 17-year-old daughter.
That moment confirmed a dramatic evolution in American politics: the transformation of the pro-life movement from an unambiguously conservative force into something more complex.
Well, maybe not. It’s quite possible it was something more complex for a lot longer – in fact, from the very beginning of the culture wars. I am happy to say I’m too young to know for sure… My guess is that the sudden emergence of Sarah Palin has emboldened many a quiet pro-life person; it is now OK to declare oneself in favour of life (or against abortion), and many are relieved finally to say so.