Sarah and Trig Emerge as Anti-Abortion Stars

Palin's Downs syndrome son a huge hit on the 'Going Rogue' tour
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2009 9:07 AM CST
Sarah Palin and Trig are popular with anti-abortion campaigners.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – The anti-abortion movement has a new star, and his name is Trig. And, oh yeah, his mom Sarah Palin. While Palin has always been an abortion foe, her profile in the movement has soared since she left the Alaska governor's office, and especially since she started the Going Rogue tour. Trig, who has Downs syndrome, has been a conspicuous presence, and generated a huge response. “There’s a lot of people who come through the line to see Trig instead of to see her,” an aide tells Politico.

“She’s going out there as a pro-life woman to say that there’s great joy in special needs kids—and that we shouldn’t be aborting them,” says a GOP strategist. It's a message that helps her stand out among conservatives, and gives her a sort of shield, too. In her book, Palin lashes out at critics from the left, claiming their comments are based on their belief that she should not have had her son.

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