Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bristol Palin on Teen Sexual Abstinence: 'Not Realistic at All'

The Right loves it, or least they say they do. The "it" is abstinence education, the faint hope that teens will use good judgment and refrain from early sexual activity if they only take a "no sex" class.

Good luck with that.

Up in the Frozen North, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin is a supporter of abstinence education. Press reports note that the Anchorage schools teach an abstinence program.

The problem, of course, is that abstinence education doesn't seem to work.

Evidence for its ineffectiveness can be found in the person of Bristol Palin, the governor's then-pregnant 17-year-old daughter. (She's 18 now and has a healthy baby boy.) In an interview with Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, Bristol spiked the whole notion of abstinence:

Here's the quote:

VAN SUSTEREN: I don’t want to pry to personally, but I mean, actually, contraception is an issue here. Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have a philosophical or religious opposition to it or…

BRISTOL: No. I don’t want to get into detail about that. But I think abstinence is, like — like, the — I don’t know how to put it — like, the main — everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it’s not realistic at all.


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I think that its ok to teach abstinence but I agree that studies have shown that it doesn't work very well. So we need to teach kids about contraception as well. That's just being realistic.

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