Monday, September 8, 2008

It's Time to see Palin in the Proper Light

The following is the first installment in a 9 part series investigating Sarah Palin's far-right views...information all voters need to know.

1. Despite problems at home, Sarah Palin does not believe in giving teenagers information about sex. The McCain campaign is spinning Bristol Palin's pregnancy as a neat, shiny example of the unbreakable bonds of family. But while Bristol's actions and choices should not be attacked, teen pregnancy is no cause for celebration, either. To state the very obvious, it is not a good thing when teenagers have unprotected sex. And U.S. teens appear to have unprotected sex a lot: The United States has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world, and1 in 4 American teen girls has an STI.
Like John McCain, Palin's approach to the problems of teen pregnancy and STI transmission is abstinence-only education. In a 2006 questionnaire by the conservative group Eagle Forum, Palin stated: "Explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support." Presumably the programs that do find Palin's support are ones that focus on abstinence and only mention contraceptives to talk about their supposed shortcomings.
But someone already tried that. For eight years the Bush administration has thrown its heft behind Title V, a federal program that provides states with funding for abstinence-based sex education. In 2007 an expansive study proved abstinence-until-marriage education does not delay teen sexual activity.
If Palin is elected, she will continue to throw money at a policy that does little besides ensure that a larger number of sexually active teens lack information about how to avoid pregnancy and STIs.


watchman said...

"It's Time to see in the Proper Light". Great post! Continue the Democratic ideal and seize the moral high ground. How can a female advocate "no sex" in this post Biblical age? Maybe even question where a government official gets the authority to spend money on sex education programs anyway. Doesn't she know the Constitution will soon be revised? She lives in a past age of just plain stupid people. Keep up the "Proper" attacks!!!

Bubby said...

Don't confuse the Proud and the Righteous with facts! In addition to pissing them off, it doesn't matter - they BELIEVE, and that beats reality any day! If God wants baby girl to know about sex, He will give her a baby (or a disease), whatever.

Anonymous said...

What's really sad is that the Feds spend about $175 MILLION dollars a year (and the States many more millions) on abstinence-only programs. Thid despite the fact that a well known study authorized by congress that tracked kids thru school showed that these programs do not work!! Hey catch up to the times Sarah..