Perhaps it is unsettling sitting across from Katie Couric and answering her questions. Ms Couric seems pleasant enough. Nevertheless, Ms Couric presents an interview with Governor Sarah Palin that is completely baffling. In response to Ms Couric’s question on whether she agreed or disagreed with Roe v. Wade, Governor Palin replied:
“…”Hmmm.” – “Well, let’s see. There’s, of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but…”
Governor Palin opposes Roe v. Wade. However, she also states that she believes in the right of privacy, as an inherent right granted in the Constitution. Those two positions are fundamentally opposite. The 1973 Supreme Court decision established there was a Constitutional right to abortion. The basis of that decision is the right to privacy.
It is confusing, then, how Governor Palin can be opposed to the Roe v. Wade decision and, at the same time, support the right of privacy. It would have been informative if Ms Couric had asked how it is possible for Governor Palin to hold two opposing views – and advocate for both. Governor Palin may have bewildered Ms Couric.