To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, pregnant
ST. PAUL (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.
Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.
"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us," the Palins' statement said.
"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. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.
The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple's privacy.
"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates," the statement concluded.
Check out some of the responses at Daily Kos where many have been pushing the conspiracy theory that Bristol Palin was actually the mother of Trig, the latest Palin family baby born 4 months ago even though we're learning now that Bristol Palin is 5 months pregnant. Not much humility to be found over there for getting that fabricated story completely wrong.
Instead, there are reactions like this:
Holy shit… (2+ / 0-)
a 17 year old pregnant for 5 months who is not married to the father yet?
When is her birthday, was she 16 when this happened?
And McCain decided that this was ok? Is he freaking nuts, does he even know who the father is or what family he comes from?
Wow, just fucking wow!!!
What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. (Albert Pine)
by laughingriver on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 09:14:23 AM PDT
I was a pregnant 17 year-old too and reactions like that were common 30 years ago when I had my daughter. Not only was being a pregnant teenager shameful in society's eyes then but being a single parent was equally as contemptuous.
I thought things had changed. Obviously not.
And it's even more disgusting that these kinds of attitudes are coming from so-called, left-wing progressives today.
I understand that Sarah Palin is a strong advocate of abstinence-only education (or non-education, if you will). That's a fair angle to go after her on. But don't make her daughter the poster-child for what her mother believes.
Take a moment to think about what this girl is already going through. If you've been there as a teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy, you understand the tremendous wave of anxiety and uncertainty that comes with being in that situation. It's hard to deal with. And it's even more difficult when society views you as a freakish pariah. Multiply that 1,000 times now that this young girl is in the political spotlight because of her mother's candidacy and it will be amazing if Bristol Palin makes it through all of this unscarred emotionally.
Some Obama supporters/Democrats have been absolutely vicious and sexist towards Sarah Palin since her candidacy was announced - just a continuation of their Hillary hatred.
If she can't control her daughter now? (0+ / 0-)
How is she gonna juggle 5 kids, a grand child, and the axis of evil:[sic]
by starlicious on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 09:19:38 AM PDT
Does Palin really deserve that? I sure don't think so. Would the same be said of a male candidate? Not a chance.
Democrats should know by now that the Republicans can spin anything to their advantage. An illegal war, torture, the decimation of human and civil rights. Do you really believe this issue will be a problem for them considering that Palins' daughter is doing exactly what the right proscribes in these situations?
1. She's keeping the baby.
2. She's getting married.
So, tread carefully, Democrats. If you don't, all of your glee and celebration over this girl's predicament will come back to bite you in the ass big time. And frankly, if you demonize Bristol Palin because she's pregnant, you'll deserve every single bite you get.
Obama's response: "Back off these kinds of stories."
And I will say it - I told you so:
Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law, said: "We're all sinners."
"We all make mistakes. Certainly, the ideal is not to get pregnant out of wedlock. But she made the right decision after her mistake," he said.