Palin unfazed by PPFA 'theater'

WASHINGTON (BP)--Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says an abortion-rights fundraising campaign in her honor may be "great theater" but does nothing to diminish her pro-life convictions.

After Republican Sen. John McCain named the governor as his vice presidential running mate in September, an e-mail effort seeking donations to Planned Parenthood "in honor of Sarah Palin" spread. Pro-choice advocates expressed strong opposition to Palin's candidacy because of her opposition to abortion. The fundraising effort resulted in more than $1 million in donations to the country's leading abortion provider, a Planned Parenthood official told the Anchorage Daily News.

"I have boxes of thank you notes from people associated with Planned Parenthood thanking me for the donations," Palin said at a Feb. 11 news conference, according to the Daily News. "It's political theater -– it's great theater I guess for some."

In a written statement released later, Palin said, "Making donations to Planned Parenthood in my name might be interesting theater in these politically charged times, but it is not going to change my views or the views of many other Alaskans who believe every life is precious."

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's affiliates performed nearly 290,000 abortions in 2006, the latest year for which statistics are available.