Teenage Pregnancy: Progressives Versus Conservatives

The revelation that McCain’s pick for running mate, Sarah Palin, has a 17-year-old daughter who is pregnant has started a firestorm with the media and blogs.  Gov. Palin decided to reveal the information about her daughter, not as damage control, but to refute blatant lies being spread on blogs (Daily Kos in particular) that she had faked her own pregnancy to cover for her daughter and that her newborn child is really her daughter’s.  This is something that is private and should never have had to be brought into the public square.  Barack Obama came out yesterday and repeated his thought that candidates’families are off limits.  I commend him and agree at least with the idea that the candidates’ children are off limits.  Of course, the mainstream media has been eating this up since they were just waiting for something to attack Gov. Palin with.  Only it won’t work and here is why:  Progressives support abortion and infanticide while conservatives are disappointed by teen pregnancy, but believe in supporting the mother and helping her to make a good decision whether it be adoption or keeping the baby.

The following comments made by Barack Obama a couple of months back reveal how progressives feel about teen pregnancy:  “Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old,” he said. “I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”  So babies are mistakes, not living and breathing human beings.  Actually, no different than an STD.

And now we see Gov. Palin coming forward in support of her daughter: “We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins said in the statement. “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”  Bristol will marry and keep the baby.  It is a very hard thing and not a recommended thing – but a mistake and punishment?!  This will only give Gov. Palin one more plus on her side.  How much more like us and human can she get.  And while commentators criticize Gov. Palin for putting her daughter through this, imagine how her daughter would feel if she had to live with the fact that her mother gave up the Vice Presidency because of her pregnancy.  That would be far worse than the harsh glare of the liberal media.

So we see who has the values that America can stand behind.  Just let the progressives open their mouths and they will continue to bury themselves.  And BTW, the media does realize that focusing on this takes attention off Obama, right?


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