Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Teen Pregnancy & the Presidential Campaign

created by: Jillian
So, the big question is...drum roll please...

Should Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy be off limits in this campaign?

I like Obama's response--he called this a private matter and said that it should be off limits. Private huh, what a concept?! A woman's reproductive health treated as a private matter between her family, her doctor, and whomever she feels comfortable telling. I like the sounds of that!

Unfortunately, Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter being pregnant is an issue in this campaign because the conservative right pushes an abstinence-only agenda. An agenda that paints teen pregnancy as something "immoral" and a consequence of America's broken families.

I'm not judging Sarah Palin's daughter. Young women make choices and sometimes they make mistakes and sometimes they end up pregnant. The pro-choice community agrees with that--that's our point! People make mistakes. That is the very reason why we are asking for prevention measures, like sex education so that we can provide young women and young men with the information they need to make informed decisions.

If the McCain campaign wants Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy out of this campaign then I want them to stop pushing their anti-choice agenda on all of us. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, please.


Anonymous said...

As much as the McCain campaign brags about their $7 (or was it $10? Or $8? they're not sure) million dollar haul since announcing supremely unqualified Sarah Palin for VP,

I think they have inspired a new generation of women to work for the choice movement.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Jillian!