Monday, September 1, 2008

what's the point.

Bristol, the 17 year old unwed daughter of Sarah and Todd Palin is 5 months pregnant, a fact that McCain knew when he invited Sarah to join the GOP ticket as Vice-President. CNN reports, a "McCain aide insisted a key point to keep in mind is that Bristol decided to keep the baby, a decision "supported by her parents." Deciding to keep the baby is Bristol's choice to make and it's not anyone's place to second guess. Certainly it will be a help to her to have the support of her family. I'm glad for that.

But her decision to keep the baby is not the only key point here. What to do after a woman (or a girl, in this case) becomes pregnant is not the only issue. What are we doing to give our children the tools of sex and sexuality education, contraception, and self-empowerment they need to post-pone pregnancy until they are adults themselves and able to raise healthy children from their own resources without sacrificing their own productive lives?

In a 2006 Eagle Forum questionnaire she filled out while running for Governor, Palin indicated that she supported funding abstinence-until-marriage education programs instead of teaching sex-education programs. "Explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote.

1 comment:

Will said...

What is the point?