Phyllis Schlafly, who in the mid-1970s almost single-handedly derailed what had been the expected ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, told ABC News that a McCain aide notified her late Monday that Palin would not be attending the event.
"I think this is clearly somebody in the McCain campaign who doesn't understand where the votes are coming from," Schlafly said. "They only told me this at 10 o'clock last night, and it was a call from somebody down the line in the McCain campaign."
However, to be fair to Governor Palin:
Palin's appearance was set up before she was picked for the GOP's national ticket, McCain aides stressed. And her spokeswoman, Maria Comella, told ABC that Palin needed to pass on the antiabortion event to work on her speech to the Republican National Convention.
Somebody should see to it that Governor Palin has time for a personal phone call of apology to Mrs. Schlafly, even though it was her selection as the vice presidential candidate and the last-minute pre-convention work that entails that led to the cancellation of her appearance at this event. Pro-life women of our generation owe an awful lot to the giants of the past, and we need to make sure they know how much their tireless efforts for women and the unborn are appreciated by those of us whose lives benefited greatly from their hard work.