Yesterday was a crummy day for Sarah Palin.
The press jumped on her about her son who was born four months ago.
Apparently, there were internet rumors that Palin’s four-month-old baby actually was said to belong to her daughter.
The pressure from all of this forced Palin to announce that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol was pregnant, as in very, expecting in December.
Ironically, I have a daughter the same age. However, she is not pregnant. Thank goodness. She is not ready mentally or in any other way to become a mother or have to get married. I’d like to see her get her education and learn how to take care of herself first.
I think it’s obvious why and how teen age girls get pregnant. Many professionals will say that the girls are acting out, for whatever reason, by having sex. I don’t know what the Palin family circumstances are and it really isn’t my business. I also have better things to think about.
However, I will mention a few things.
FYI- Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska.
“The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.
As for her running mate, in Senate votes,in 2006, McCain joined fellow Republicans in voting against a Senate Democratic proposal to send $100 million to communities for teen-pregnancy prevention programs that would have included sex education about contraceptives.
In 2005, McCain opposed a Senate Democratic proposal that would have spent tens of millions of dollars to pay for pregnancy prevention programs other than abstinence-only education, including education on emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill. The bill also would have required insurance companies that cover Viagra to also pay for prescription contraception.
As for Mr. Obama, he released a statement ;
“Let me be as clear as possible,” Obama said. “I think people’s families are off-limits, and people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president.”
Obama said reporters should “back off these kinds of stories” and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother.
Obama has a point. It isn’t about the family itself, it’s about those policies that have been voted in or not voted in. Teens will act out and will have sex. It’s been going on for centuries. You cannot ignore it.
I’m going to leave Sarah alone today and let every one else speak.
It’s probably going to be another tough one.