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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Palin persecuted for hospital fundraiser

Following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton, George H. Bush and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is headed to Steeltown on April 15 for a hospital fundraiser.

Palin will speak at the fundraising event in Hamilton, Ontario on April 15, 2010 to raise money for St. Peter’s Hospital and the Juravinski Cancer Centre. The event is months away, but as in regular Palin fashion, the fundraiser is already raising eyebrows.

Left-wing writers are attempting to use the fundraiser to show that Palin is a hypocrite.

ThinkProgress reports, "Palin might be surprised to learn that the hospital she is fundraising for runs counter to her professed beliefs." They go on to point out that St. Peter's Hospital is public, performs abortions, and offers end-of-life decision support.

As Brian Lilley, the Canada Politics Examiner, points out:

"Are both of these facilities part of Canada’s public health care system? Yes they are, we don’t have much choice here, there is one private hospital in all of Ontario, and even that is part of the public system."

"Does St. Peter’s or the JCC provide abortions? Not quite. The JCC provides cancer care, which includes chemotherapy and other cutting edge treatments, but not abortions. St. Peter’s is a mostly palliative care hospital focused on seniors and also does not provide abortions; most of the hospital’s clients are well past reproductive years."

Palin hasn't hid her views on Canadian health care. In fact, when approached recently at a book signing by a Canadian comedian pretending to be a conservative, Palin gave her opinion on Canadian health care:

"Keep the faith" Palin said, "because common sense conservatism can be plugged in there in Canada too. In fact, Canada needs to reform its health care system and let the private sector take over some of what the government has absorbed."

Organizers hope to sell 1,000 tickets at $200 a plate, but also plan on raising more via photos with Palin.

"It truly is a shame that some people can’t just leave Palin alone when she tries to do something to help others by raising money for hospitals in Hamilton," Lilley writes. "When a woman like her is in such high demand she really could have gone anywhere, she has chosen to raise money for the sick and aged and that should be applauded."

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