FIRST — I totally agree with the statement that Obama made yesterday that family — and especially children — should be left out of politics. On a specific, personal level. But on a broader level, I was reading an article in the Chicago Tribune, and I was struck (not for the first time) by the marked contrast in this ….
Surprise pregnancy has Republicans off balance
So — Republicans are in Twin Cities watching Hurricane coverage.
Meanwhile, word spread quickly through the hall that the 17-year-old daughter of Sen. John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is pregnant and plans to marry the father.
Okay — pregnant teen, not the first time, won’t be the last.
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It was a lot of drama for a day with little action onstage. In their brief afternoon session, Republicans appointed committees, approved a platform—which supports abstinence education in schools—and watched video messages from Gulf state governors.
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Palin addressed teen pregnancy prevention in her 2006 run for governor, indicating on a questionnaire that she favored abstinence-until-marriage education over explicit sex education programs, school-based clinics and condom distribution in schools. The high school that Bristol Palin attended for part of last year, Wasilla High School, teaches abstinence in health class, its principal said.
While abstinence is a sure fire way to prevent pregnancy and spread of sexual transmitted diseases, it only works when used 100% of the time.
I (thankfully) have (only) a vague recollection of what it was like to be a teenager with rampaging hormones. While abstinence might be an ounce of prevention — I think it’s likely that two ounces of prevention (or three) like abstinence and condoms (or birth control pills or …) might be worth 10 pounds of disposable diapers.
I’m just sayin’