Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sex Ed in America

Last night Bristol Palin opened up to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren about teen pregnancy in America and shared her own story.

"Everyone should wait ten years" Bristol admitted. She then spoke of the immense responsibilities that accompany teenage parenthood and how she is blessed to have a supportive family around her.

Governor Palin then walked on the set holding her beautiful grandson Tripp in her arms.

When Greta inquired as to the effectiveness of abstinence-only education, Bristol responded "not realistic at all."

Governor Palin won her 2006 gubernatorial bid with an abstinence-only approach as a large part of her platform. Since the birth of Tripp she has started to redefine her position.

She is changing the narrative, putting the majority of the emphasis on what happens after the teen is impregnated.

There is no more logic in teaching an abstinence-only sex ed program than there is in completely abandoning the ideal.

Teens need to know the contraceptive options available to them, but more importantly need to understand that abstinence is the only guarantee to stay free from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Some inner-city districts have gone so far as to distribute condoms in the classroom.

Schools should not be in a position to hand out these materials to the students; obtaining contraception is the responsibility of the family and teen together.

If the family neglects its duty to have that conversation with the teen, radical organizations the likes of Planned Parenthood will step in and have it for them.


Phil said...

Abstinence will NEVER work.
Stop playing the Christian card already and face the reality that this teaching is ineffective and downright dangerous.
Since when is Planned Parenthood radical?
They provide much needed services to troubled teens who can not speak to their families.

Anonymous said...

You are so right Casanova.
Abstinence should be taught in conjunction with contraception.
Do not abandon your conservative principles sir, there are those of us who depend on you.