“I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits. People’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories.”
“You know, my mother had me when she was 18. How family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics. I hope that anybody who’s supported me understands that’s off limits.”
I agree with Barak Obama that Sarah Palin’s family is her own business and not a legitimate campaign issue. However, I do think that Palin’s public support for abstinence only sex education is and should be a legitimate campaign issue. Her support for it has the potential to negatively affect millions of American teenagers.
A while back, I blogged on the dismal failure of abstinence only sex education to live up to any of its claims or promises. That post can be found here: New Study Damns Abstinence Only Sex Education. Consequently, I believe it is extraordinarily unwise of Sarah Palin to advocate a policy — abstinence only — that is both radically ineffective and most likely dangerous to the health of our nation’s young people.
In my opinion, that she does indeed advocate such a policy speaks volumes about her judgment.
UPDATE: It now appears her position on abstinence-only sex education is unclear. At times, she has said things that seem to support it, while at other times she has said things that seem to support a more comprehensive approach to sex education.
UPDATE II: So far, the best information I’ve been able to find appears to be this report from yesterday (8-6-08) in the L.A. Times. I’m no longer sure, however, if Sarah Palin actually has a position on sex education. It’s beginning to seem to me that her comments on it are somewhat spontaneous and rather inconsistent.
UPDATE III: Please note that if Palin’s position on sex education is at any time made consistent with McCain’s, then she can be expected to support the folly of abstinence only sex education. Moreover, if abstinence only sex education becomes the norm in this country, the evidence suggests we can expect a rise in out of wedlock teen pregnancies. In my opinion, both McCain and Palin need to be called out on this issue and assurances sought that they will not attempt to force sexual ignorance on any children other than their own.