Posted by: James Shaddock | Monday 1st September 2008

Leave Bristol Alone

GOP Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter Bristol is pregnant.

Now, what’s the big deal?

Bristol is her own person and what she does in her life is her decision, not that of her parents, the Republican Party or any one else. What would be the difference between this and say Chelsea Clinton being pregnant? Why does is matter so much that she’s having a kid at 17?

I don’t believe in age limits/restrictions. I’m a liberal, I don’t do that sort of thing.* If a person wants to have sex at 12, 16, 18, 20, 40, 80, whenever, it’s their business, same as if they want to have a child. It’s why I don’t like the term ‘teenage pregnancy’.

Of course, the question of whether its actually her choice to keep the baby is a different matter, and I have a feeling it’s a shotgun wedding, so I hope it’s Bristol’s choice.

Trying to use this as a way of criticising Palin, and thus McCain is small-minded and petty, not just because of the personal nature of a pregnancy, but also because I don’t like the idea of children being used for political motives. It’s pathetic to say the least.

So remember, as liberals, we should live by what we preach and let her live her life her way, not ours.

*This also relates to things like smoking and drinking, and I willingly will go into a shop and buy such products for ‘underage’ people.

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