Bristol Palin had an interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News (the republican station). The interview was pretty vanilla overall except for two statements she said. The first one is that abstinence is â€œunrealisticâ€. Take that Sarah Palin! Letâ€™s give credit where credit is due. Bristol came to the conclusion that abstinence-only is ineffective. In a USA Today article it says 26 states haven risen in teen birth rates. The south and southwest areas of the country have the biggest increases, but the biggest single state increase was Alaska (of course) at 19%. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a coincidence that these areas teach abstinence-only sex education. Bristol Palin hit the nail on the head.Â Saying to teens, "donâ€™t have sex" is unrealistic especially in a sex-heavy culture. I bet if I start a poll asking people 20 years or older â€œwere you a virgin at 20?â€ 60% or more of those people would say," no". Iâ€™m not advocating teen sex, but you should teach birth control. Also, I think parents should teach their teens the emotional side of sex. That is what I feel a lot of parents fail to do.
The second one, and most important, is that Bristol said it was her choice to have the baby. Sarah Palin wants to take the choice that her daughter had away from other women. Hypocrisy much? Pro-lifers get on my nerves. They make ridiculous assertions that people who are pro-choice want to â€˜kill babiesâ€. In Gallup polls it shows that 15% of people want abortion illegal in all cases, 26% of people want abortion legal in all cases, and 59% of people want abortion legal in some cases. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, nobody likes abortion. Everyone feels abortion is immoral, but level-headed people know you need abortion in some cases. In my opinion, I donâ€™t think women should use abortion as birth control.Â If you willingly had unprotected sex, you should take responsibility (mother and father). In cases of rape, incest, and endangerment of the motherâ€™s health is when it should be available. I think wingnuts take these extreme social views because of their love-affair with the bible. The bible paints the world as this black and white, good vs. evil place. There is no shade of gray. That is one of the reasons why I donâ€™t believe in the bible. The debate over abortion will never be settled, which is why I think people should focus on preventing unwanted pregnancies. The way you do that is to teach birth control to teens. I hope Sarah Palin took notes during Bristolâ€™s interview, but I highly doubt it.