Originally Posted by sslarson
Please explain how this is so.
Personally, I think this smells like a non sequitur.
You're joking, right?
The most powerful woman in Alaska, who happens to have been chosen as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican Party promotes abstinence only education. She presumably teaches her daughter that abstinence is the only option for contraception. She doesn't teach her about condoms. She opposes birth control.
What do you think is going to happen?
If a highly religious, college educated "super-mom" with a great income and none of the social problems the right wing likes to associate with teen pregnancy can't get her daughter to keep her legs shut, and refuses to teach her how to be more responsible in case she fails to do so, then what do you think would happen to teen pregnancy around the country if this woman's ideas were forced upon even more public schools?
Are you saying she's simply a bad parent, and that the average American is a better parent?
I don't understand how you can't see the point here.
I have a ten year-old daughter. And I'm teaching her that abstinance is the best option. But she will also damn-well know what a condom is for and that no one, not me, not her mother, not anyone
should have sex without using a condom unless they are trying to have a child and know that the father has been tested for disease.
She will understand why
, physiologically, it is necessary to use a condom. She will know the proper way condoms should be used, and that using more than one doesn't decrease risk, but increases the risk of breakage.
She will know why it's not just about pregnancy, but about disease. She will know the effects of the various diseases so that she knows without a doubt how important this is.
Do you not agree that the above is what every child should learn?
If there's something that every child should learn, generally we teach it in school. If it's not taught in school, there's a risk that the parents get it wrong, or fail to teach it at all. As happened to unfortunate Bristol Palin. She wasn't taught. So she suffers.