From Rosemary Shinohara:
Now that she's a vice presidential candidate, you may be wondering what Gov. Sarah Palin has said about her conservative social beliefs.
Below are Palin's responses on 2006 questionnaire for governor candidates from the Eagle Forum, which describes itself as a forum
for conservative and pro-family men and women.
I tried to go back and retrieve the URL Tuesday afternoon, and got this message: "Page not found
Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog Eagle Forum Alaska does not exist."
Hmm. It was there in the morning...
Here we go:
The following questionnaire was sent to all candidates for Governor with their responses listed in the order we received them.
1. Complete the sentence by checking the applicable phrases (you can check more than one).
Abortion should be:
Banned throughout entire pregnancy.
Legal to save the life of the mother.
Legal in case of rape and incest.
Legal if the baby is handicapped.
Legal if the baby has a genetic defect.
Legal in the first trimester.
Legal in the second trimester.
Legal in the third trimester.
(Palin's answer) I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.
2. Will you support the right of parents to opt out their children from curricula, books, classes, or surveys, which parents consider privacy-invading or offensive to their religion or conscience?
Yes. Parents should have the ultimate control over what their children are taught.
3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
4. Will you support efforts to raise or lower the mandatory age of education? Why or why not?
No, again, parents know better than government what is best for their children.
5. Will you support an effort to expand hate-crime laws?
No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate.
6a. Do you support the expansion of gambling in Alaska?
No, in so many cases, gambling has shown ill effects on families and as Governor I would not propose expansion legislation.
6b. Would you sign any bills that expand gaming in our state?
7. Do you support statewide restrictions on the use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private owner to another?
8. Do you support parental choice in the spending of state educational dollars?
Within Alaska law, I support parents deciding what is the best education venue for their child.
9. Do you support legislation requiring labor unions to obtain permission from their members before using dues for political purposes?
Yes, unions represent their workers and as such, should be accountable to them
10. Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples? Why or why not?
No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.
11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
12. In relationship to families, what are your top three priorities if elected governor?
1. Creating an atmosphere where parents feel welcome to choose the venues of education for their children.
2. Preserving the definition of “marriage” as defined in our constitution.
3. Cracking down on the things that harm family life: gangs, drug use, and infringement of our liberties including attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights.