Abstinence-only sex education fails (again and very publicly)Sep 2, 2008 Write an essay on this topic.
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Aside from allegations that it is her second one, the confirmed pregnancy of 17-year-old unmarried Bristol Palin shows that the abstinence-only education prescribed by her mother and the Bush administration does not work.
The alleged coverup by Sarah Palin of an earlier pregnancy is certainly a matter that John McCain has made of public interest, and even more than her teenage daughter's pregnancy, should someone with a baby born April 18th be away running for national office before the summer is over?
It is Republicans who have made sexual activity and reproductive choices NOT a private matter. It is John McCain and the Republican Party that wants to recriminalize abortion. It is Sarah Palin and the Republican Party who insist on wasting money on abstinence-only "education" that has been shown repeatedly not to lower rates of teen pregnancy and blocking funding of sex education that works.
Earlier, when the lesbian daughter of the current vice president got pregnant, we were told that her sexual orientation was a "private matter." This was a woman who was hired as a "Cheney" as a liaison between Coors (a company the products of which are boycotted by many gay bars) and gays and lesbians. She was not just publicly lesbian but a "professional lesbian" in the sense of being someone who made her living as a lesbian.
Sarah Palin was presented to a surprised nation as a model mother. Maybe faking a pregnancy to cover up for a daughter is an instance of "traditional family values." It seems to me that after Focus in the Family's enthusiasm that Bristol Palin has not had an abortion, that abortion is the only concern of the Christianist Right that dominates the Republican Party and of which Sarah Palin is a champion.
The pandering to the Christianist Right that is her selection tells us much about the judgment and character of John McCain in addition to revealing the elastic ruler of the GOP's "traditional family values." (I can't resist noting that McCain's is the fourth time in 18 years that Republicans have nominated a divorced man for the highest office in contrast to Democrats' zero, though both parties parade the families of their candidates.)
This supplements my earlier posting on the very Bush-Cheney-like record of cronyism and war on competence of Mayor Palin and Governor Palin.
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