“There in the deep blue California, she is unabashedly pro-life and all those other common sense conservative things that she stands for,” Palin said.
But it was in her SBA speech that Palin made her case for conservative feminism. She spoke of the women leaders in the tea party movement, and likened activist moms to “mama grizzlies,” rising up against Washington to protect their cubs.
“I think a whole lot of moms ... are concerned about government handing our kids the bill; it's generational theft, too,” Palin said. “We're stealing opportunities from the future of America. We rise up and moms say, come on, now that's enough. That is enough and we're going to do something about this.”
Palin also made clear that in her view, modern conservative feminism means that having children and being active outside the home are not incompatible.
“Together, our pro-women sisterhood is telling these young women that they're strong enough and smart enough” to do both, she said. “They're capable to be able to handle an unintended pregnancy and still be able in less than ideal circumstances, no doubt, ... [to] give their child life in addition to pursuing career and pursuing education, pursuing avocations, though society wants to tell these young women otherwise.”
She spoke of her daughter Bristol’s experience with proceeding with an unplanned pregnancy and her own coming-to-terms with discovering while pregnant that her fifth child, son Trig, had special needs.
She also cited Gallup polling that shows more Americans view themselves as “pro-life” than “pro-choice.”