I think what bugs me most about the news that Sarah Palin’s teenaged daughter is, at 17, pregnant and keeping the baby is the likelihood that “abstinence only” was being taught in the Palin home given the Alaska governor’s pro-life and creationist view of the world. This is pure speculation on my part, but I would wager some money that Mom and The Dude didn’t put a box of condoms in the kids’ bathroom and tell them to be smart.

One of the things Barack Obama said in his speech last week in Denver that really struck me was along these lines:  “We can disagree on abortion, but surely we all agree that something needs to be done to prevent so many unwanted pregnancies in this country.”

No shit. Like teaching kids, not just at home, but in middle and high school, all about birth control and also steering them to places where they can get cheap and readily available access to all kinds of different forms of birth control — just like every other industrialized nation in the world.

Juno Bristol Palin is lucky. She’s part of a family in which she will probably be able to live comfortably as a child raising a child. There will likely be no need for welfare payments and food stamps for Bristol Palin, and her baby won’t struggle to makes its way in the world. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many teenaged mothers in the United States, and how sexist and anti-feminist that Sarah Palin represents the party that would like to keep it that way.

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