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To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, pregnant 
1st-Sep-2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm glad to see Palin's "abstinence only" bullshit blow up in her face.

But what I really wish is that people would not call her daughter a whore. Look, the kid did what teenagers do, especially teenagers who don't know a damn thing about birth control. Calling Bristol a whore, in my opinion, makes you as ignorant and hateful as the right-wing fundies who spout the "abstinence" crap.

I'm sorry for the kid. When I was her age, I had a friend who had a pregnancy scare; the rest of us went crazy trying to figure out how to get her from Arizona to California for an abortion so she wouldn't have to petition the court. Bristol doesn't even have that. She's going to be a mother and (probably) wed before she's 19. Goodbye, life. Sarah Palin should be ashamed of herself.
1st-Sep-2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
It doesn't make her life go away though. I was a mother and wed before I was 19. Now I'm in my second year of law school, with TWO awesome kids, etc. I've got a life. It's hard, sure, but it doesn't necessarily go away.

I agree, though, with not calling her a whore. It's cruel, and obnoxious.

I do hope the whole set-up makes Palin, and anyone else watching, think twice about abstinence-only sex-ed.
1st-Sep-2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'll reiterate what I said yesterday. Despite whatever her mom's politics the kids should be left alone. As a shrink I always worry when I see a vulnerable teenager, now pregnant and thrust into the media spotlight. These are just the type of situations that can lead to suicide. I, too, had a classmate who found herself pregnant and got so much flack that she tried to kill herself.

I know that there are any number of reasons to dislike the VP candidate and on the issue of "reproductive policy" she is rabidly pro-life, but to the consternation of her Republican colleagues, she does promote contraception along with abstinence. I'm not agreeing with her at all, but those that say she's "abstinence only" may not know the whole story. I hate to see political discussion devolve to the level of "Obama is a Muslim".
1st-Sep-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, John. I didn't know Sarah Palin promoted contraception as well as abstinence. In that case, I take back what I said about Sarah Palin, because now I have no way of knowing she didn't tell Bristol about birth control.

That said, I still stand by what I said about insulting Bristol. And my sympathies rest wholly with her in this case. Been there with friends, done that, watched 99% of them sink into a life of more babies, poverty, and dead or abusive marriages. I hope that isn't Bristol's fate.
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