By Kathleen Gilbert
HOUSTON, Texas, October 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has insisted that abortion will be an "essential" issue in upcoming midterm elections, especially for those incumbents who backed the abortion-laden federal health care reform.
Palin told members of the pro-life group Heroic Media in Texas Tuesday that the upcoming battle for congressional seats would prove a clash between the "culture of life" and the "culture of death," as Americans angry over the health care push take to the polls, reports CNN.
By signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, President Obama greenlighted "the biggest advance of the abortion industry in America," Palin told the audience of over 2,500.
"That's why it's essential that we use the 2010 midterms to elect a Congress that will make undoing the damage of Obamacare its first priority," she said.
Every crucial stage in the health care bill's advance towards law - including passage in the House, the Senate, and its final passage through Congress - hinged upon the measure's handling of abortion. House Democrat holdouts against the bill were eventually swayed to support it on condition that President Obama would sign an Executive Order related to the issue, a document pro-life leaders and even Planned Parenthood later dismissed as a mere symbolic gesture.
Americans United for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List have both launched campaigns targeting vulnerable House Democrats who capitulated to support the bill.
Palin also defended the "Restore Honor" rally hosted by Glenn Beck in August, at which she also spoke, against media reports that she said underestimated the "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people" who showed up to support a moral renewal in America.
"The answer to the challenges in our country are to restore honor and to rededicate our country to God and to serve our father God," she said.
Politico noted that Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) last week also championed a moral awakening in America at a gathering of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
"A vision for a better America must recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political but moral in nature," said Pence.
"To those who say that marriage doesn't matter," he continued, "I say: 'You would not be able to print enough money in 1,000 years to pay for the government you would need if the traditional family continues to collapse.' We are at our strongest when fiscal and social conservatives are united."