Monday, September 8, 2008

THE WISDOM OF SARAH PALIN CONT'D

Alternet - 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.. . . In 2007 an expansive study proved abstinence-until-marriage education does not delay teen sexual activity.

- Palin thinks that rape victims should be forced to bear the child of their rapist. She believes this so strongly that she would oppose abortion even if her own daughter were raped. The Huffington Post reports: "Granting exceptions only if the mother's life was in danger, Palin said that when it came to her daughter, 'I would choose life.'. . . Palin also opposes abortion in cases of incest and would grant an exception only if childbirth would result in the mother's death.

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