Posts tagged with Election 2008
In a country.... where the separation of church and state has ensured equality and religious freedom for over a century.... one woman will single handedly turn back the clock....Sarah Palin....the Pentecostal V.P. Armed with nothing but a bible and fashionable belt, she pledges to take reproductive choices out of the hands of women who aren't capable (or wealthy) enough to make them and put those choices in the hands of the government leaders who care so deeply for the unborn babies. But do they care deeply enough to adopt them, educate them and even....gasp...feed them? Faith based programs have done some of this but not enough. If R v W is ever overturned, will the religious leaders swoop in and save the actual lives of the babies as they grow into children, teens and hopefully, adults? This nation has not only a short attention span but bad long term memory. Who remembers the pre-Roe v Wade years of back alley abortions and rich girls spending long summers in liberal European countries? The rich make choices the rest of the low income poor women make babies. Many with addictions at birth. I know. I work with these kids every day. Keeping abortion safe and legal isn't going to prevent teen pregnancy. Abstinence education doesn't prevent teen pregnancy. Nothing can stop teens from getting pregnant if they aren't careful. Acceptance of teen pregnancy and good social programs that help teens successfully raise their unwanted children, or find good families for their babies are what it will take. But the Republican's can't possibly pay for all of that. It's too expensive to offer them the support they can't get anywhere else. As our demographic becomes geriatric, you can bet the majority of tax paying citizens will frown on social programs, faith based or otherwise, to help these pregnant young women. So...what's the solution? Abortion. Safe and legal.
I'm with Obama. Bristol Palin's pregnancy is her business. Her family has pledged to be supportive and she's scheduled to marry the biological father. I, for one, have hope for this young woman and wish her the best. So many women wait and wait and wait for the right time to have children. They get educations, they have careers and they have to slide the baby making and cookie baking into the cracks of their busy ,busy lives. (ex. Sarah Palin) For Bristol, she won't be working full time and being pregnant. She will be able to rest, eat right and the family will take care of her before, during and after the baby. She'll finish her courses either at school or online. She'll still apply and get accepted and go to college. As a member of the upper, upper middle class, she'll have a nanny to help her and maybe even a maid. She'll be well cared for and so will her child. All will be well.Not so for many of the nations teen mothers. Their lives are anything but safe and secure. They work low paying jobs with little or no health insurance, up to the very day they deliever. They are ostracized by their peers and society. They live on welfare and often never return to school. Yet, the American consumer is bestowed pure images of wealthy teen mothers with cute little babies in adorable outfits and rugged buggies. All of their beauty and good fortune makes teen pregnancy very trendy. There are teenage women who are ready for motherhood. They are mature and capable. As long as Bristol Palin understands that her childhood, her teen years are over, she will be able to carry the responsiblity with which she is blessed. I have hope for her and the father. I wish them much luck and happiness. Babies are a blessing and they happen, not when planned, but when chosen.