Monday, September 1, 2008

Bristol Palin's pro-choice choice

The big non-Gustav story of the day is the announcement by the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter Brooke is pregnant:
We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.
Many conservatives joined in their support of the Palin family. David Brody of Christian Broadcasting Network:
Look, this development will actually be positive for the most part with Evangelicals. First they hear that Sarah Palin chooses the life option even though she had a Downs Syndrome baby and once again the family (and Bristol) has chosen the life option in this recent case.
Evangelical leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:
Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation.
Rod Dreher of Beliefnet, in a post titled "Palin's daughter gets pregnant, chooses life":
Bristol Palin is not going to abort her unborn child. She's going to keep the baby and marry the father. Good for her. It shouldn't have happened, but it did happen, and now she's going to do the right thing -- the hard thing.
And so on and so on. There doesn't seem to be any awareness by any of these conservatives that they are endorsing the pro-choice position. If these and other conservatives have their way, girls like Miss Palin won't be able to "choose" the life option.

I commend Miss Palin for her choice to keep the baby and hope both she and her child are healthy and happy. Women facing the same situation in the future should still be able to make that choice.

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