Sarah Palin Rallies Thousands Against Abortion at Wisconsin Pro-Life Event

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sarah Palin Rallies Thousands Against Abortion at Wisconsin Pro-Life Event

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 6
, 2009

Milwaukee, WI ( — Sarah Palin rallied thousands of pro-life advocates Friday night at a gala event sponsored by Wisconsin Right to Life. The former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor urged strong support for the pro-life position on abortion and end-of-life issues.

Palin told the pro-life advocates that the same ideology that brought abortion on demand and 50 million abortions is bringing discrimination against the elderly and disabled.

She worries that is some lawmakers have a mindset that says unborn children are expendable “perhaps the same mind-set applies to other persons.”

“What may they feel about an elderly person who doesn’t have a whole lot of productive years left,” Palin asked the approximately 5,000 people who attended.

“In order to save government money, government health care has to be rationed… [so] than this elderly person that perhaps could be seen as costing taxpayers to pay for a non-productive life? Do you think our elderly will be first in line for limited health care?" Palin asked.

“And what about the child who perhaps isn’t deemed normal or perfect per someone’s subjective measure of their use or questionable purpose in the eyes of a panel of bureaucrats making our healthcare decisions for us,” she continued.

Palin did not bring up the controversial death panels that brought her so much attention but affirmed her belief that the nation is heading down the road to euthanasia thanks to the government-run health care bill.

“We have to think this through,” she said. “We have to get to the truth of this matter, healthcare reform.”

Despite her focus on assisted suicide and euthanasia, Palin had a strong and consistent pro-woman, pro-life message.

She lambasted abortion advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL who give women the message that they can’t juggle both a baby and a career or education.

“It is so bogus that society is sending a message right now and has been for probably the last 40 years that a woman isn’t strong enough or smart enough to be able to pursue an education, a career and her rights and still let her baby live," she said.

As she has on so many occasions, Palin related the story of how she and her husband found out that her newborn baby Trig has Down Syndrome and she confessed to being scared and seeking God’s help for the pregnancy.

She said that after years of "preaching to the choir" and advocating pro-life principles, she welcomed the chance to have such a baby: “I am thankful to have been asked to walk the walk."

"My family life is much richer thanks to this beautiful baby boy Trig," Palin said regarding her decision to have her son. "He is awesome."

Palin didn’t mention Obama by name but said that a majority of Americans are pro-life — which stands in contrast to the lengthy pro-abortion record President Barack Obama has crafted.

"Let’s talk about change we can believe in," Palin said. "Friends, a majority of Americans identify as pro life, and thank God for that. "Don’t let anyone ever tell you to sit down and shut up."

Palin also went after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who did not allow a vote on an amendment to strip abortion funding from the House health care bill until she realized she didn’t have the votes to get the bill approved without doing so.

The crowd received Palin well and when one person asked her if she planned to run for president, the former governor just smiled.

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