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September 1, 2008

'Statement From Sarah and Todd Palin' regarding the pregnancy of Bristol Palin - and more (Updated)

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Bristol Palin, Sarah and Todd Palin's 17 year-old daughter is 5 months pregnant, and plans to marry the father. Here's the official statement of provided by the McCain campaign:

We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. 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. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

"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 to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.

Clearly, this was unexpected, but so are most things that happen in life, especially in families. I see no big deal here, except as the Palins say in there statement, "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child," and I have no doubt that the young couple will have the love and support of their entire family.

And I can't help but draw a comparison between how the Palins are dealing with this and how Obama would deal with it - he wouldn't want his daughter "punished with a baby," hence he'd more likely than not taken her to an abortion clinic and never have announced it - regardless of what term she was in.

Redstate follows the same line of thought; Bristol Palin's Brave Choice:

... it's fitting that in this moment, one of the toughest a young woman can face, Bristol Palin has chosen on her own to take the right path. This baby is not a "punishment,", as Obama so famously said; it is not an object to be destroyed, as Obama argued for in the Illinois State Senate; he or she is a human life, one worthy of receiving the love of a mother and father. And we rejoice in the knowledge that a family will receive this blessing into the world.
Kathryn Jean Lopez has the same thought: "That the candidate in the family doesn't view her daughter having her baby as a punishment makes all the difference."

And so does Michelle Malkin: Bristol Palin chooses life. Now leave her alone.

So what about evangelicals? David Brody (I really do dislike this guy because he's so far in the tank for Obama) writes that "if you think Evangelicals are going to ditch her for this, you're totally misreading the situation. As a matter of fact, they are ready to fire back at any potential critics." He follows with an instant reaction from a top Evangelical leader - Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission:

"This is the pro-life choice. The fact that people will criticize her for this shows the astounding extent to which the secular critics of the pro-life movement just don't get it. Those who criticize the Palin family don't understand that we don't see babies as a punishment but as a blessing. Barack Obama said that if one of his daughters made a mistake and got pregnant out of wedlock he wouldn't want her to be punished with a child. Pro lifers don't see a child as punishment."

Related: Obama on Bristol Palin (a class response - unlike that of his supporters)

The take-home message here is that Sarah and Todd Palin, and their daughter Bristol, are indeed doing what those who believe in the sanctity of human life, do.

Brody then wraps up his piece with an analysis that I fully agree with:

Look, this development will actually be positive for the most part with Evangelicals. First they hear that Sarah Palin chooses the life option even though she had a Downs Syndrome baby and once again the family (and Bristol) has chosen the life option in this recent case. That's a double "ca-ching". Let's call this the Evangelical daily double. If anything, this whole situation will probably make more people around the country relate to her and her family. It makes them more real. Will there by some turned off by the whole pre-marital sex thing? Of course but this type of story doesn't sink her at all with Evangelicals.
Final thought: "double "ca-ching"!

Other related: Time - In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret

Posted by Abdul at September 1, 2008 1:12 PM

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