I have heard from several of my relatives and friends who think that Sarah Palin is the best choice the republicans could have made for the vice presidential candidate. I have also read and heard a lot of the news media’s comments about her daughter, Bristol, being pregnant at 17 and how “tragic” that is, and how Bristol’s life is over. What?
First of all, life is NOT over for her. It will be a different life, a harder life, one that includes diapers instead of dances, but certainly not OVER. She and the boyfriend have made a CHOICE to raise the baby together. (If indeed it was her choice and not her mother’s, who is pro life and not pro choice.) OK, so Mom, the vice presidential candidate used the word “decision” and not the word “choice”, but they mean the SAME THING!!! Also, I am of the opinion that poor little Bristol will still have a comfy life, what with a well to do family and all, I don’t think she will actually be the one taking care of baby. She will either have a nanny or her Mom and Dad will be doing the actual child care.
Second, and a very important item to me, is how can she say that this is a choice her daughter made, and that the news media should respect her privacy, and then campaign against choice for the rest of the women in this country? She said “We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.” Yet, she brought them to the convention, paraded them around for the public and news media to see, even had Levi in a photo op with McCain. Don’t want them in the spotlight? Don’t put them there yourself. She refers to Bristol and Levi as children, but let them make a very important adult decision.
While I personally would have never chosen abortion, (and I did get pregnant at 17 before I was married, so I know for sure I wouldn’t choose abortion,) there are millions of women who deserve the chance to make their own decisions. If Palin wants the people of this country to leave her daughter out of the spotlight, to accept that her daughter has the right to make this choice, then Palin needs to understand that EVERY woman has the right to make the choice of whether or not to have a child or an abortion. EVERY woman has the right to decide what to do when faced with an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. And Palin’s position on the pro life side of that particular issue is what makes her daughter’s “decision” important. The very fact that she was allowed to make a choice, whether it was for keeping the baby or not, is what keeps the spotlight on Bristol.
Not every woman has well off parents who can help them. Not every woman has a man who will stand beside through it all. Not every woman is capable of taking care of five or six or seven children. But, every woman should have the chance to make the decision of what to do for herself, without interference from government. The same as Bristol Palin.