Sarah Palin Tells Pro-Life Ohio Rally Disabled Son Reaffirmed Abortion View
by Steven Ertelt
March 8, 2010
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin told a pro-life rally of more than 3,000 people in central Ohio on Friday that the birth of her disabled son reaffirmed her commitment against abortion. Palin also shared with the audience a Bible verse speaking to the recent criticism of writing notes on her hand.
Palin spoke before an event sponsored by Ohio Right to Life in Columbus.
Saying challenges can lead to "the greatest blessings" in life, she shared her story of how the birth of her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, changed her life.
She thanked God for the opportunity to parent a special needs child.
"God, are you going to ask me to walk the walk and not just talk the talk of being a pro-life advocate," Palin said she asked in prayer. There is no accident. Every child has purpose.
She said she and her family learned "that what seems like life’s greatest challenges in the moment are the greatest blessings in the end."
The former Alaska governor also demonstrated her pro-life commitment by saying she would donate her speaking fee back to Ohio Right to Life to use to continue fighting pro-life battles in the state.
She thanked pro-life advocates for standing up for unborn children, saying their work "absolutely transformed, changed my life."
"The truest measure of a society is how we treat those who are unable to defend or speak for themselves," she said.
The 2008 vide presidential candidate didn’t get into politics much but did refer to the health care debate in Congress, saying "Obamacare" was "the last straw" for her in terms of giving Obama a chance to have his record divorce his rhetoric.
Palin also talked about the media criticism of her practice of using literal handwritten notes before she speaks at events.
I didn’t really had a good answer, as so often is me, Palin quipped.
But then somebody sent me the other day, Isaiah 49:16, and you need to go home and look it up."
Palin continued, "Before you look it up, I’ll tell you what it says though. It says, hey, if it was good enough for God, scribbling on the palm of his hand, its good enough for me, for us. He says, in that passage, I wrote your name on the palm of my hand to remember you, and I’m like, Okay, I’m in good company.
"If it was good enough for God, scribbling on the palm of his hand, it’s good enough for me," Palin said to cheers from the crowd.
She joked that her crib notes were a "poor man’s TelePrompTer" — a joking reference to Barack Obama’s practice of using the machine to show in the text of a speech in almost every public appearance.
The Springfield, News found local Ohio residents appreciated her speech.
If Sarah Palin comes to Perry County, I’ll be right there to help her, Kimberly Mohr Christman said.
I used to not want a woman president but since Sarah came along, I do. Because of her moral convictions, said Elizabeth Branson of Grove City.
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