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Mothers [Sep. 1st, 2008|03:40 pm]
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I'm frustrated by the attention being given to Sarah Palin's daughter.

As long as she is kind to them, Ms. Palin should be allowed to support her children however she sees fit. Whether the child with Down syndrome is her's or her daughter's is nobody's business but her family's. The fact that her daughter is pregnant is also nobody's business but family.

My mom was undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer when I called to tell her that I was pregnant and going to be a single mother. I apologized for causing her stress during an already stressful time. She replied firmly, "You never have to apologize for a grandchild of mine." That statement meant more to me than anyone can ever imagine.

Regardless of her politics, it sounds like Sarah Palin is being supportive of her daughter and her grandchild (grandchildren?). I respect her for that and wish people would stick to the issues and leave her family out of it.

[User Picture]From: ndozo
2008-09-01 11:02 pm (UTC)

Cdozo is partly right.

Our mom was amazing, but she was not a politician who could conceivably be in a position to deny women (and girls) the option of ending unwanted pregnancy. If it's true that Palin opposes birth control then to me she and her family are not off limits. I'm sorry for the kid, but the mom is fair game now that it is really not impossible that she could become president. McCain, whose daughter is gay, should also be called to explain his positions on gay marriage and equal rights for gay people as well as what exactly are these "family values" that those people are always crowing about. I think private people should have the option of private lives, but the minute you influence policies that affect millions of people, every aspect of the way you conduct yourself and the way you deal with your errant family members is legitimately subject to scrutiny. Besides, our mom also told us never to pose for nude photos, because if we ever went into politics, they would surely get published in the New York Times. Palin should probably have been giving her 4 or 5 kids a little more good advice and mom-time instead of hanging around with a bunch of stupid politicians.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-09-01 11:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Cdozo is partly right.

I don't agree. If it was your kid, you'd support her 100%. It's Palin's kid and Palin has a right to support her. If she went all psycho fundamentalist Christian on the kid and kicked her out, then I could see making it political. But the daughter is old enough to make her own choices. The mom has a choice to support her or not. That she is sticking by her kid speaks well of her.

It doesn't speak well of her abstinence-only educational beliefs. So those are fair game. But the private decision of a seventeen-year-old woman who is not running for office should be left out of the discussion.

Edited at 2008-09-01 11:16 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: viverra2
2008-09-03 09:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Cdozo is partly right.

I haven't hear anyone call into question whether Palin should support her daughter. I haven't heard anyone suggest she should be kicked out or forced to have an abortion.

The criticism I've heard comes from juxtaposing Palin's family situation -- she has a minor child who is pregnant -- with her emphasis on "family values". At the least, her daughter is a rotten testimonial to abstinence-only education.

The NYSun is talking up the pregnancy but with a positive spin: "...her decision to marry the father, carry the baby to term, and start a family...(is) an example to admire."

Of course, this was in an editorial pushing the view that we need lower birth ages and more population growth. It goes on to say "To catch up and compete with [India and China], America will have to grow its own population by having larger families..."

Knowing the well-oiled Republican spin machine, I suspect that the news of the pregnancy was released as it was just so Democrats would be put on the spot -- if they failed to criticize, that would show their lack of concern about family values; if they criticized, they would show a lack of --guess what?-- family values.

I assume that Palin chose how and when to release the information because Bristol is five months pregnant and apparently the pregnancy is "an open secret" in Wasilla. Palin knew long before she accepted the offer from McCain, and if McCain did any vetting at all, he knew also. So I think they are the ones who set Bristol up as a political pawn.
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