May 14th, 2010
11:14 AM ET
7 years ago

Palin hits campaign trail for anti-abortion group

Speaking before an anti-abortion group Friday, former Gov. Palin discussed 'a new conservative feminist movement.'

Speaking before an anti-abortion group Friday, former Gov. Palin discussed 'a new conservative feminist movement.'

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail Friday, delivering the keynote address at a fundraiser for a prominent anti-abortion group supporting socially conservative women running for office in the upcoming midterm elections.

"All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for commonsense solutions," Palin said at the Susan B. Anthony List Celebration of Life Breakfast. They are forming a "new conservative feminist movement" that will help make "government work again for us," she said.

The Susan B. Anthony List describes itself on its website as part of the "nerve center of the pro-life movement and political process." In 2008, the group founded "Team Sarah," a coalition of women supporting Palin's vice presidential bid.

During her speech, Palin ripped abortion rights opponents in the Democratic Party who "promised to hold firm" during the health care debate, but ultimately backed "the most pro-abortion president who ever occupied the White House."

"We won't forget," she promised. "Elections have consequences."

Watch: Palin praises 'mama grizzly' activists

Palin mentioned, among other things, her daughter Bristol's decision not to have an abortion after becoming pregnant at age 17. "It was an embarrassing time for her," Palin told the audience. But "choosing life was the right road."

Palin said national media coverage of the pregnancy "kind of made it rough" on Bristol and sent a not-too-subtle message to other young women that it's easier to choose to have an abortion.

Turning to other policy disputes, the former governor slammed the Obama administration's fiscal program, declaring that "these policies coming out of D.C. right now" are putting the country on the road to "national insolvency."

She praised the conservative Tea Party movement, calling it a "movement of the people" that the media has unfairly characterized as a group of violent racists. "This awakening is very, very healthy," she declared.

Palin's speech was part of a midterm campaign swing that is scheduled to take her to North Carolina on Friday to address a National Rifle Association meeting. In addition, she will travel South Carolina to endorse GOP state Rep. Nikki Haley for governor. The state's scandal-tarred Republican governor, Mark Sanford, is term-limited and will leave office in January.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive Gov. Palin's endorsement," Haley said in a statement released Thursday. "Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation."

Palin has also endorsed, among others, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in California's GOP Senate primary.

The former governor is set to release a new book in November - "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag." Her first book, "Going Rogue," was national bestseller.

Palin has become one of the GOP's biggest stars since being tapped as Sen. John McCain's running mate during the 2008 presidential race. In addition to being an author, Palin has become a sought-after speaker and a contributor on Fox News.

Updated: 11:55 a.m.

- CNN's Alan Silverleib, Peter Hamby and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. david john

    the money grubbing moron is at it again.......who still wants to listen to this woman? obviously there are suckers born every minute and gullible??

    May 14, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Fred

    Why gossip about her daughter? Sarah Palin got married when she was about 3 to 4 months pregnant so obviously she had to make the same choice for which she is pushing her daughter onto the national stage .

    Wouldn't it just be more effective to talk about her own decision not to have an abortion when she was a young unmarried pregnant woman?

    May 14, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. patny

    "It was an embarrassing time for her," Palin told the audience. But "choosing life was the right road."
    Wait a sec! That statement assumes that Bristol even had a choice whether or not to abort the fetus, which runs counter to the anti-abortion crowd Palin is palling around with, which says there is no get preggo, you have baby, no choice there.

    May 14, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. gino

    Obama is not "pro-abortion." There aren't many people who are. Exactly what does Simple Sarah propose to do with women who have had abortions: execute them? (Abortion is murder after all, according to SP.) Palin's rhetoric comes from a mind deranged by narcissisim and self-idolatry. The God who talks to her is herself.

    May 14, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. kgeukes Michigan

    Why won't this woman realize that the thousands that come to see her only do so to report on her "freak" show...When our Prez draws hundreds of thousands to her thousands, I really don't fear anything she might bring. I just wish those who drink her "koolaid" would sit down and really get in touch with the reality that is common sense...and only out for herself!!!!

    May 14, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Robert

    So, Pailn is "pro-choice".

    May 14, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. twiddly

    More from the astounding intellect of the person that truly believes "the rapture" is going to take place in her lifetime.

    And to think that nearly 1/2 this nation was willing to put her within a heartbeat of the presidency. I can think of few things scarier.

    May 14, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. jd

    In the famous words of Keith Olberman, "this woman is an idiot."

    May 14, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Psychologist

    Who are you, Sarah, to tell me who can have abortions or not? You do not own their bodies. You do not even own a history of completing your gubernatorial term. Since you are a quitter, let people quit their preganancies as well. It isn't any of your business in the first place, and since quitting is your thing, it should not be any conflict of interest for you. You betcha, gosh darn it!

    May 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Jill American

    OK, so bottom line is that Bristol was able to consult with her doctor, her parents, her minister and Levi and make a CHOICE.
    Every woman deserves that process but Sarah seems to think it only applies to her and her family.

    May 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Mark Craddock-Virginia

    First off, the Titiling on verbage within the article follows the "Pro-Life" wording for all "Pro-Choice" movements. It sets the tone of the article as leaning towards the right. Ms Palin and her daughter both have benefited from the hard-fought for rights (by those feminist) to have reproductive choice. They were legally and socially allowed to chose the option that suited them best. The Pro-Choice Movement, IS NOT, "pro-abortion" and in my experience no one that I know is rro-abortion, we simply recognize that in some cases abortion is the advised course of action. Ms Palin claims to be a Tea Party advocate supporting the causes of less government regulation, except she and her followers seem to think the only women who should have freedom of choice are those who choose the driection they prescribe. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood are demonized about abortion, when only a small portion of their mission is to make services available. Their mission, as I like to say, is to make abortion obsolete (unnecessary) not illegal, through healthcare access, birth control and education for women. The so -called pro-life movement should cherish this mission since God was the first Pro-Choice advocate, the concept of Free-Will!

    May 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Ron in California

    While I lean towards right to life. I think this is a very difficulr PERSONAL decision. Government has no business in these matters, no one else does either. Just ask yourself, if you find youself in this predicament. What if my mother had made the decision to abort me??? It is up to you. Everyone I know who has children or grandchildren is very glad to have them.

    May 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Marry

    “…and speaking out for commonsense solutions.” She would not know one if she stumbled over it!
    "..the most pro-abortion president who ever occupied the White House." Back to lies, Miss Palin…! Gettting desperate?
    "Elections have consequences." You bet, Miss Palin and the Party of “Hell no” will get to feel that!
    "…national insolvency." Well, Miss Palin, forgot who started it and it is sheer horror to think where it would be with her as VP and McCain as a senile President!
    And all this “notoriety” , to some degree, thanks to you CNN. You must be so proud! You really should know better than to spread TRIVIA as NEWS!!

    May 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Dave

    To quote KO: "This woman is an idiot"

    May 14, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Niki

    Thank you Sarah, for again speaking up for conservative women. Conservative women should never be made to feel that their voices don't count. We are tired of being labeled dumb, meek and other vile names because we believe in conservative values. We love our husbands, our children and our church. We value decent morals while at the same time enpower or daughters to be the best they can be. We've had enough of the liberal women's groups that profess to promote women's causes yet they are quick to ignore a woman's cause if that woman is conservative. We are strong, we are unafraid and we are conservative!

    May 14, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Alex

    It also just so happens that Bristol's health wasn't placed in jeopardy by the pregnancy and that she had a multi-million dollar mother to pay for it after she chose life.

    I cant get past how Sarah Palin, a republican advocating for smaller government, can turn around and tell women how they should and shouldn't proceed with their pregnancies.

    May 14, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Chip Pierce

    According to Levi, Palin was livid when she learned of her daughter's pregnancy and ENCOURAGED her to get an abortion. What a phony.

    May 14, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. pthomas

    Not single person in the media ever suggested or comment that he daughter should have an abortion. The only person who made it embarrassing was her mother that paraded her around and talked about teaching abstinence etc. And then they made teen pregnancy seem pretty glamorous in the People magazine spread. If she is looking for common sense solutions for conservative feminists maybe she could talk about eaul pay, better child care, access to safe and affordable birth control.

    May 14, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. gate

    More lies from Sarah. The health care bill contains provisions that guarantee no federal dollars will fund abortions. These provisions ere added specifically to appease the pro-life movement in this country. In addition Obama signed and executive order re-affirming this. They won and yet she still wishes to vilify Obama for this bi-partisan concession. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

    May 14, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. chuck

    So you're saying Bristol had a choice? Well isn't that nice. Wouldn't want more people having that choice now would we EX-governor?

    May 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Betty

    Sarah who cares what you have to say. You need to get a life. People only run after you lamb brain ideas because they want to be in the papers and news like you. Learn to give positive ideas instead of negative ideas that people are leaning towards now. Go strong and relate to the people with a positive mind if you have one.

    May 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Philip

    Please Sarah, Go away! Whatever you say is useless!

    May 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. media coverage of the pregnancy "kind of made it rough"

    you made it rough on your family, no one else, you did it

    but I understand your view of the world views everyone else but me has consequences, I can do no wrong goes your thinking

    too bad for you, amusing for the rest of us however

    May 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Kevin

    So which part of Feminism says it's okay to charge rape victims for their own evidence collection? Which part of Feminism allows the government to decide whether or not she can have an abortion?

    What a perversion.

    May 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. A Guy

    Nobody is "pro-abortion"

    What an idiot

    May 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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