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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Would sex education have made a difference?

I feel guilty posting this image. Bristol Palin's fate is no different from that of thousands of other unfortunate teens. But the irony was just too much. Dan Quayle, who Palin resembles in so many ways, once derided the TV character Murphy Brown for glamorizing out-of-wedlock pregnancy. How ironic that the current Republican VP candidate would find her own daughter in a similar predicament.

Bristol Palin does not deserve to be publicly humiliated. All the same, right-to-lifers like Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle need to be lambasted for their narrow views. These hyper-moralists oppose any kind of birth control education. Their only solution to teenage pregnancy is abstinence.

Would Bristol's pregnancy have been avoided by education about contraceptives? No one can say. One thing is certain, though. Sarah Palin did not want her daughter taught anything about ways to prevent a pregnancy.

The entire Palin family will now have to live with the consequences.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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