The Palin family just won’t go away. Recently, we’ve seen Sarah Palin all over the news preaching what she deems a new “feminism” to women by empowering themselves through accepting traditional gender roles. In the news, she is said to have bonded with groups of women by revealing how hard it was to be pregnant at forty. She says that she “drove to another state to buy a pregnancy test” and “waited in a lonely, hotel bathroom” to find out she was pregnant. And now we have Bristol Palin, new mother, attempting to lead a crusade against teen pregnancy by emphasizing abstinence in her appearance in the television series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is also a new spokesperson for the Candies Foundation, where she appears in an ad campaign as an ambassador against teen pregnancy.
"I hope it opens up a dialogue for parents to talk to their kids about teen pregnancy and the consequences. If I can prevent just one person from getting pregnant as a teen, all of this will be worth it."
Well, Bristol, guess what else helps young women from getting pregnant as a teen? Access to different types of birth control, practicing safe sex and having access to clinics which specialize in educating women on their reproductive rights. But, because of people who champion abstinence over protection, our tax dollars just keep disappearing because they’re fed into ineffective abstinence based programs in schools.