I don't normally rant about politics in my blog, but I am disgusted (although not surprised) with conservative spewings about Obama's comment regarding not wanting his daughters to be burdened with a baby at age 16. I commend any politician, let alone one running for President, to speak so candidly about this issue.
I've got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I'm going to teach them first of all about values and morals but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at the age of 16, you know.
How selfish and irresponsible is it to encourage your pregnant 17 year old daughter to keep the baby and marry her boyfriend? A multitude of studies have shown teen motherhood is associated with lower levels of education, lower socioeconomic status, higher rates of abuse/neglect, higher rates of negative child health outcomes, and higher rates of daughters who become pregnant in their teens. Few women, even those with valid and applicable work experience and educational backgrounds, are lucky enough to have as many opportunities as Sarah Palin. It's pathetic that publicity from a pending election is sufficient justification for someone to encourage their daughter to follow a path guaranteed to create barriers to her educational and career development. Raising a baby before one is mature enough and financially capable of supporting it in a healthy, stable environment is akin to child abuse. If you don't believe in abortion, then put the baby up for adoption.