Monday, September 15, 2008

Juno in Juneau





While I snagged the title of this post from one of Sarah Palin’s (fake) twitters , it’s just too funny not to steal.

I’ve been teetering between enthusiastic laughter (filled with sarcasm) and outright disgust at the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s VP.

Despite the fact that Palin has a vagina, she should be every woman’s nightmare. More anti-choice than McCain, Palin is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest. She remarked once that even if her adolescent daughter was raped and became pregnant, she would still “choose life.” Nice to know that our potential (though hopefully not) VP values the self-determination of her daughter.

But the big news story over the past weeks has been Palin’s 17 year old, 5 month pregnant daughter Bristol. A lot of people have been asking “Can Palin be VP with such a chaotic family life?” Having a pregnant teenage daughter hasn’t made me think that Palin is unprepared to be vice-president. Her lack of experience and interview with Charlie Gibson last week have done that for me already. But it certainly bolsters my frustration over the hypocrisy of the anti-choice platform during this election.

For years now, anti-choicers have advocated for abstinence-only sex education, believing that telling kids to keep it in their pants is an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy.

I must be dreaming though – b/c one of the staunchest anti-choicers around has a pregnant teenage daughter. Despite a lifetime of what I’m sure was filled with abstinence-only propaganda, the young, spry 17 year old did what a lot of teens who received an abstinence only education have done: had sex.

You’d think abstinence only advocates would wise up when one of their own can’t even abstain.

And what makes the hypocrisy of anti-choicers even worse is the strategy they are using to deal with questions about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy.

“She CHOSE to have the baby.”
“This is a private, family matter.”
“The government should stay out of this.”

The right-wingers are using OUR argument.

Thanks for agreeing I guess…

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