Palin praises Texas Gov. Perry, blasts health care at anti-abortion event

DALLAS — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called on the newly elected Congress on Wednesday to take steps to repeal the federal revamp of the healthcare system, calling it the "mother of all unfunded mandates."

Preaching a message of life, Palin -- the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and a leader in the tea party movement -- told a crowd of about 800 people gathered at the Majestic Theatre that last week's midterm elections were a mandate on Congress to repeal a health care bill that she believes includes federal funding for some abortions.

"The ramifications of this bill [are] horrendous," she said during a program called "An Evening of Hope" put on by Heroic Media, a Texas-based conservative nonprofit group that promotes alternatives to abortion. "We have to fight back against this federal takeover."

Palin called Barack Obama "the most pro-abortion president to occupy the White House."

Palin praised Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who spoke briefly at the event, for fighting against federal control and for standing up as an anti-abortion governor.

"The governor is talking good stuff about this Lone Star State," she said, adding that she loves the title of Perry's book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington.

"Your governor has been a leader in trying to protect you ... from what is coming out of Washington, D.C.," Palin said.

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