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

Palin hits campaign trail for anti-abortion group

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Paisley

    I don't think Bristol's pregnancy caused teens to focus more on abortion, but rather to be more careful about protection. If only Palin had urged safe sex in her own household, her daughter would not have ended up as a cautionary tale! Women campaigning against women's rights is deplorable. Perhaps if Palin's IQ were higher she'd understand that – instead she's become the figure head for a political party that is no longer relevant or in touch with the American people.

    May 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Thats right Sarah, mention your daughter and son for YOUR gain, and blast anyone else who dares to mention them. Go home and let a "grizzley mama" take you, for dinner

    May 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    Two thoughts:

    1) Its incredibly ironic that a group dedicated to limiting the choices of women has adopted the name of a feminist pioneer who devoted her entire live to empowering women. Kinda like the KKK adopting American Civil Liberties Union as its name. Its very 1984 newspeak.

    2) CNN...please make note. The appropriate term for the so-called pro-life movement is, in fact, the anti-choice movement. Both supporters and opponents of abortion raights are certainly in favor of LIFE...its the CHOICE that separates them.

    May 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. harryT

    I'm seriously thinking about starting a "I can't stand Palin" club! This woman is a disgusting example of a money & power hungry low life! Heh, I got nothing against making money, or having the power to control your own life but, Palin incites violence, lies and says anything so people will follow her. John McCain, you are the nations biggest moron for bringing this woman into the lime light.

    May 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. NKato

    Ah, yes....Sarah Palin, 'voice of feminism.' Is there anything this woman can do that isn't ironic? Because, as we all know, the true heart of feminism is taking away choices from women regarding their reproductive rights. Also, as Steph's quote above reminds us, the fact that this organization is using Susan B. Anthony's name is a travesty.

    May 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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