2008 Spinning the Pregnant Palin
posted by September 1 at 10:21 AMon
The campaign intends to cast this as the kind of situation that ordinary American families face.
Yes, ordinary American families face this situation all the time. Fewer would face this situation, however, if we had comprehensive sex education in the United States, and teenagers had access to accurate information about birth control methods and contraceptives were made easily available.
And it’s great that Bristol is choosing to keep this baby. As the adoptive parent of a child born to a pair of unwed teenagers, I’m certainly not in favor of abortion in all circumstances. But it’s a choice that the teenagers should be able to make with, whenever possible, input from their families.
But Bristol still made a choice here.
UPDATE: First, this is sitting in the comments section…
Palin’s 2006 AK governor questionnaire:
Question:”Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?”
Palin’s response: “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”
Anyone got a link for this? I’d dig it up myself but I’m blogging on the fly here.
If this is actually Palin’s answer, then she opposed the kind of medically-accurate, comprehensive sex education and programs that could have prevented her teenager daughter’s pregnancy. Congrats, grandma!
And in response to A Little Wiggle: I’m not taking refuge in legalisms when I say that abortion is a choice a teenager should be able to make with input from her family “whenever possible.” Sometimes a teenager can’t discuss her pregnancy with her parents, and most people get that. It’s why large majorities—including opponents of abortion—believe an exception should be made for cases of rape or incest. Because, you see, sometimes the problem is rape and incest. It’s kind of hard to get a little input* from your father about your unplanned pregnancy when your father is the father.
* or a little “more input,” I should say.