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Posted on 02/17/2009 6:27:05 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Abstinence is unrealistic, says the daughter of Sarah Palin
From correspondents in Los Angeles
February 18, 2009 11:09am
THE daughter of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has spoken out against teenage pregnancy, but says her famous mother's advocacy of abstinence is unrealistic.
Unmarried Bristol Palin's pregnancy became a US presidential election campaign talking point last year after her mother was announced as John McCain's running mate.
Bristol, 18, later gave birth to a baby boy in December.
Speaking about the birth of Tripp to Fox News, Bristol Palin said she now hoped to become an advocate against teen pregnancy.
"Everyone should wait 10 years," Bristol said.
"I hope people learn from my story - It's so much easier if you're married, have a house and career. It's not a situation you want to strive for."
"I'd love to be an advocate to prevent teen pregnancy. Kids should just wait. It's not glamorous at all," she added.
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Well, if you are living in your parents house and rules and are just a kid, it is not unrealistic. It should be enforced 100%
LOL..I agree. (just kiddin...you teenagers keep it zipped up already)
As long as I’ve been here - and I know it’s not as long as you - it’s seemed to be accepted that posting different articles from different sources are not duplicates - only if the same article is posted. Different articles can sometimes give different perspectives on the same story.
I an having a difficult time figuring how this works!
I still want to know when she intends to get married. Poor Sarah to have this kind of problem. I’ve heard some real stupid people blame Sarah for this girl’s problem pregnancy. She should either get married, and show some respect for herself and the baby, or give it up for adoption.
The media just loves this.
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Excrement from the bovine species.
I heard the interview and she didn’t exactly say that. But if she did, SO WHAT??? I’m not voting for her for President and Reagan had a REAL renagade leftist for a son.
Easy for a girl who didn’t practice abstinence to say abstinence is unreasonable. Sex is a choice. Period. There are those who do, in fact, wait until they are married. And while the character it takes to do this seems to be getting much more rare, it is possible.
It's not unrealistic even if you're on your own! Where do people get this idea? You'd think we're a bunch of animals who have no control over what we do! I'm sick of hearing this!
Why should she give up the baby for adoption? Because she’s not married? Seems to me that baby already has a loving family, regardless of whether the parents are married.
I posted this in another thread, but I think it belongs here too.
I teach in a very well regarded Catholic secondary school in Australia - a Jesuit school (generally regarded as one of the top two Catholic schools in the country - alongside its brother school in Sydney, and one of the twenty or so top schools in general).
They stress abstinence as the best way for their students. The ideal choice. The choice they hope theyll all make, and the choice they expect them to take. The boys are left in no doubt of what is and isnt expected of them.
And then they get on to the practicalities. As a non-Catholic I was rather surprised the first time I encountered it, but they tell the boys all about contraception and how to use it if they decide to have sex. Ive heard one of the Priests put it pretty simply.
If youre having sex before you are married, then youre committing a sin. What Id say to you is this - if youre going to sin, then sin safely.
In my role as a tutor at the school I have personal pastoral responsibility for 16 boys. Id always urge them to wait in the strongest terms I can (partly because I believe its the right thing to do, partly because its my job to help reinforce the message of the school, and partly because I know in most cases their parents want them to wait and I try to back parents) - but Ive also directed boys to contraception in cases where its clear that Im not going to convince them abstinence is the right choice. I dont want them having sex - but I want them getting a girl pregnant far less.
When you are an adult and you move out of your parents house, you can make your own decisions as such an adult. When you are living by your parents rules, then you live by your parents rules. Not hard to understand.
“Why should she give up the baby for adoption? Because shes not married? “
Absolutely . . . the baby is NOT Sarah’s problem. Any and all babies deserve to be raised in a nuclear family headed by married parents . . . I can’t budge on that . . . that’s the root of a civilized society. If she’s that selfish to get pregnant to begin with, then she should give the baby to any one of the hundreds of thousands of married couples who want children.
I agree with Ann Coulter who feels that we’ve gotten to casual about unmarried parents. Why in the world hasn’t she gotten married? Or was this a campaign charade?
Compare the Bristol’s quotes in the article posted in this thread to those that appeared in this article posted on FR earlier :
I love how AP chose the “ditzy” version :-)! Rotten pigs.
And yes, it is unrealistic. The only thing that kept me celibate in my teen years was acne and a lack of confidence.
So what does a person do if their wife or husband dies and they wind up a single parent?
Look - I agree that in an ideal world, the best situation is two loving, married, parents. But we don’t always get ideal situations - and one loving parent is a lot better than two who don’t care.
I’m sensitive to this because I was orphaned at nine and (briefly) wound up a ward of the state before being taking in a rather unorthodox way by people who cared for me and loved me and gave me a huge amount of support - and who had to fight the courts on more than one occasion to be allowed to do it, because it wasn’t the norm. And I know other kids who wound up being adopted into nuclear families and while for some of them it was wonderful, for some of them it really wasn’t. It’s not always simple.