In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, Bristol Palin spoke out about her pregnancy without her mother Gov. Sarah Palin’s input or censorship.
Everyone should be abstinent, but it’s not realistic at all.
Bristol went on to talk about how sexual activity is becoming more accepted among kids in school, which may be the cause of increased sexual activity among students.
Because Gov. Palin, in her political career and campaign for Vice Presidency, was such a staunch supporter of abstinence-only education (along with many in the Republican party), her daughter’s position shows the fissures in the ab-only movement.
Bristol and her new-born son are living proof that the abstinence-only approach doesn’t always work, not even when you are raised by parents who believe in this form of sex education.
This debate about sex education (comprehensive or abstinence only?) will continue in the new Obama administration. President Obama recently included $94 million dollars in his new budget for abstinence only education, so the fight is clearly not over yet.
Contributed by Angela Donadic, Policy and Advocacy Fellow