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Sarah Palin Speaks at Kansas City Pro-Life Event

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 14, 2010

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Governor Palin spoke to a crowd of 1300 to 1500 people (based on different reports) at a fundraiser for the Vitae Foundation in Kansas City last night.

Steve Kraske at the Kansas City Star writes

Sarah Palin told a Kansas City audience Monday night that she knows what it’s like to “lose hope” when confronted with the impending birth of a special-needs child.

In an intensely personal 47-minute testimonial to the Vitae Foundation, an anti-abortion group, the former Alaska governor claimed 85 to 90 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

Her son Trig was born with Down in 2008 not long before she became John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate.

That statistic tells some women that “these are impossible circumstances,” she said. “Somebody is telling them this is too much for you to handle.”

She said she had “fleeting thoughts” about how to handle the pregnancy, which wound up giving her a clearer understanding of the desperation some women experience.

At a critical moment, Palin recalled hearing a whisper from the Holy Spirit, “just asking me, ‘Are you going to trust me? Are you going to walk the walk, or are you just going to talk the talk?’ ”

Palin, 46, said she thanked God for Trig’s birth because it “reaffirmed and strengthened my unwavering support for life at every stage.”

“Choosing life may not always be the easy path, but it is always the right path,” Palin said. “God does see a way where we would think there is no way. And he does not make mistakes.

“We may say, ‘Oops,’ but he doesn’t.”

Palin, considered a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, spoke to an audience of about 1,300 at Bartle Hall.

Although Palin remains an influential force in 2010 races across the country, she steered clear of partisan politics Monday night, saying nothing about any political plans.

But there was one exception: She acknowledged Jacob Turk, the GOP nominee for the 5th Congressional District seat now held by Democrat Emanuel Cleaver.

Palin said Turk had given her a business card that said elected officials must “listen to all, lead with integrity … and champion opportunity. That’s leadership, not politics.”

“I love that motto,” Palin said. She talked briefly about the growing influence of the tea party movement across the country and complained that the mainstream media were seeking to undermine the movement’s momentum.


Other than that, Palin remained focused on the anti-abortion cause. She challenged audience members to help change American culture to one more focused on the sanctity of life. That means encouraging adoption and foster families.

Sitting on the sidelines, Palin said, no longer is acceptable.

In a line that drew ringing applause, Palin added, “We should be our brother and sister’s keeper — not government. Since when has government ever run a business or charity or anything else better than the private sector can? Let’s not look to government on this.”

Stephanie Hockridge at reports:

A crowd of 1,500 gathered to raise funds at the annual dinner for the Vitae Foundation, a pro-life organization. She says that the issue of abortion is one that makes the country seem upside-down.

“My daughter can’t get her ears pierced without parental consent, but she can get an abortion,” said Palin, who then said that changing the laws isn’t her prime mission, but to change the hearts and minds of those who are faced with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.

Palin says that she knows first-hand what these women go through, saying that as a 43-year-old, she learned that her unborn baby had Downs Syndrome.

“I’m not nurturing, I couldn’t wrap my arms around it,” said Palin. “I was scared to death.”

The ex-governor of Alaska then said that she learned that nearly 85 percent of babies diagnosed with Downs Syndrome in the womb are aborted, which is something that the Vitae Foundation says that they are trying to prevent.

Last year, it launched a call-for-help media campaign, reaching out to women facing unplanned pregnancies and connecting them with pregnancy help centers.

“Within the first five days, we had three women who had actually scheduled abortions for a couple of days into the next week, Saturday as I recall, and fortunately they saw the ad,” said Carl Landwehr of the Vitae Foundation, who says that the campaign has stopped 83 abortions so far.

Palin says choosing life isn’t always the easiest, but she says it’s always the right path.

“What seems like life’s greatest misery, turns into life’s greatest beauty,” said Palin.

h/tp C4P

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