By Ray LeMoine
While in Alaska last week working on a series of Sarah Palin pieces, I met radio host and blogger Shannon Moore. She wrote a devastating piece about Palin’s policy as mayor of Wasilla, AL, detailing the Palin administration’s making rape victims pay for their own “rape kits”—forensic packages that are free everywhere else in Alaska and America—because a morning after pill was included. Knowing Palin’s pro-life tendencies, this story seems plausible, albeit despicable. Here’s “Life Begins At Rape”:
I sat with a rape victim during the “harvesting of evidence”. Mascara smeared eyes stared blankly out from a cave of shame. “We’ve got swimmers,” announced the forensic tech in the lab next door. My friend didn’t look surprised. In her 60’s, she was still asked if she felt the need for emergency contraception. Surviving the process would have only been compounded and made worse with an itemized bill; victimized twice courtesy of Sarah Palin and the city of Wasilla.
Much can be learned about the Palin Administration’s family values from reviewing their spending priorities. Former Chief of Police Irl Stambaugh included forensic rape kits (up to $1,200 per kit) in his budget requests. He was fired by Palin in 1997. In her termination letter, Palin wrote, “…I do not feel I have your full support in my efforts to govern the city of Wasilla. Therefore I intend to terminate your employment. . . ” Staumbaugh headed the police department since it was created in 1993. Before that, he served 22 years with the Anchorage Police Department rising to the rank of captain. Sarah Palin hired Charlie Fannon as the new Wasilla Chief of Police and said it was one of her best decisions as mayor. Fannon eliminated the forensic rape kits from the budget. Though the number of rapes weren’t reported, Fannon claimed it would save Wasilla taxpayers $5,000 to $14,000 a year.
Meanwhile, Sandra Bernhard was captured on video at a stand-up gig wishing rape on Palin. The video is sad, and Bernhard is annoying, but it’s getting a lot of press.