Sarah Palin is slated to act as a keynote speaker for “Heroes Among Us,” an event slated for April 30 in Bethesda, Md., sponsored by the controversial anti-abortion group Heroic Media, whom Palin has endorsed in the past.
Heroic’s founder, Brian Follett, came under fire after he likened Planned Parenthood’s efforts to genocide, a move that led some former supporters to distance themselves from the group. Heroic unveiled a Florida campaign against Planned Parenthood titled “Planned Parenthood Aborts African Americans” in December 2010.
Though Heroic’s release makes no mention of it, the event has been heavily pitched to Jewish supporters. An ad (.jpg) that appeared in Washington Jewish Week and was obtained by Politico says that Palin, just back from Israel, will appear “in person with Kosher Shabbaton” as part of a “Jews for Sarah” event. The ad touts several slogans, including, “Take back the government!” “U.S.-Israel alliance!” and No more pork!” The bottom of the ad says that the Shabbaton will be held “in conjunction with Heroic Media Benefit Dinner.”
Palin will share the stage with anti-abortion activist Lila Rose, president of Live Action. In early February, Live Action launched a series of videos in which actors pretending to pimp visited Planned Parenthood affiliates, inquiring about birth control for minors. The ads failed to generate as much publicity as the similarly made ACORN tapes, likely because Planned Parenthood had already warned the FBI about the potential hoax.
According to a press release, Palin will speak about “the heroism of motherhood and how to empower women to make the courageous choice for life.”