September 1st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin backed abstinence education

(CNN) – Sarah Palin, who announced on Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, indicated during her run for Alaska governor that she was a firm supporter of abstinence-only education in schools.

In a 2006 Eagle Forum questionnaire, Palin indicated that she supported funding abstinence-until-marriage education programs instead of teaching sex-education programs.

"Explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," Palin wrote in the conservative group’s questionnaire.


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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. s

    Another do-as-I-say-not-as-my daughter does approach to morality.

    September 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Mike from CA

    The bankrupt policies and beliefs of the far religious right have no place in the 21st century.

    September 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Ready 4 change.

    Too bad she didn't make her daughter adopt those same principles.

    September 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. FEDUP REPUBLICAN

    my party is imploding. i cannot vote for mccain after this pick. i will be voting for ron paul,now.

    September 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Alana Aleman

    Just like CNN and other liberal media to focus on anything even mildly negative that they can find. Way to go CNN.

    September 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Peter

    ... and clearly it has worked...

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Republicans Hate America

    Yeah how did that work out for you?

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Joe

    Perhaps they can now use her daughter for commercials as a success story for the abstinence approach to sex-education.

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. WOW

    DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS REPUBLICAN GAME.......

    MCCAIN NEVER HAD IN INTENTION TO KEEP HER AS HIS RUNNING MATE.......HE KNEW THE NEW WORLD LEAK OUT ABOUT YOUNG PALIN .......WHAT BETTER REASON FOR A MOTHER TO BOW OUT.......

    SO NOW HE LOOKS LIKE A MAVERICK BECAUSE HE IS THE FIRST REBPUBLICAN TO CHOOSE A WOMEN .......PLEASE

    OK MR MCCAIN YOU CREATED NEWS AFTER OBAMA'S GREAT SPEECH ......BIG DEAL

    YOU MR MCCAIN ARE A SORRY EXCUSE FOR A POTENTIAL PRESIDENT.........

    YOUR CAMPAIGN WAS DEAD THEN AND NOW WE CAN BURY YOU.

    THANKS FOR YOUR LOVE OF COUNTRY........

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. toasty

    Family Values.... Ahhhh yes!

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. vam in TX

    Great!!..abstinence cannot prevent a sperm reaching an egg...If she has doubts, she could ask her daughter..

    I pity the people who will be 'compelled' to vote for her..just beacuse she is on Republican tciket.. You should have gotten a better VP candidate...

    Ahh.. the craziness senility brings....

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. preggers

    Nothin worse than a flag wavin holier than thou hyprocrite!
    Peg in Ohio

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Professor

    I am saddened to hear that Bristol has engaged in fornication. And I realize that her sin gives the idiot Obama supporters an opportunity to blaspheme. Nevertheless, McCain and Palin are far better for this country than Obama and his flunkies. I will still vote for McCain and Palin!

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Molly

    This confirms the stupidity of abstinence only education. Perhaps if we actually educated our students in the risk of having sex and how perhaps to reduce those risks, Ms Palin wouldn't find herself with a relative newborn on her hip while preparing to grandparent her own daughter's child. Seems to me that for someone who claims to have family values, she ought to be paying more attention to her brood than running for the VP slot. Seriously, one might ask how she can keep the nation's house in order when she so clearly abandoned her own.

    As Obama said, we may not agree on abortion, but clearly we can agree on unwanted pregnancy. And if the GOP comes out saying this child was wanted in conception? I will laugh.

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. s

    Next time she should attempt to share her thoughts with her family. I mean, how can people consider voting this ticket into office. We need a team (Obama/Biden) whose focus in on the country and not whatever family drama is stirring on the side. Is bad enough word was spreading Cindy didn't like her. Imagine the lifetime channel drama that would happen. God help us.

    America vote: Obama/Biden '08 for a better stable future!

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Maria

    She has the right to make those decisions for her own family, but I certainly don't won't her making those kinds of decisions for my family.

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Rich

    The law of unintended consequences ... when you oppose sex education you get teenage pregnancies.

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. arike mercer

    It seems teaching abstinence as well as sex education would have greatly benefitted Sarah Palin's teenage daughter.

    September 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Linda, NY

    Of course she did and perhaps now she will understand that sex-ed programs are important. However, since the neo-cons are against education she may move to promote only home-education thereby keeping teen age guys and gals away from one another.

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. AM falling of my chair

    John maccain did a great jobs ,, Congrats to good judgement...Lets rush an pick a V.P without thinking, hmmm kinda reminds me of bush lets rush and going into war without thinking

    Jhon Bush---PLEASE VOTE FOR ME A THIRD TIME.... BUSH WILL BE THE PRIME MINISTER IF JHON BUSH WINS......JUST LIKE PUTINS ROLE IN RUSSIA

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Ardnuas

    People who JUDGE and CRITICIZE other people.............ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS..... are hypocrites..... ALWAYS. Elizabeth Dole would have made any excellent VP. (McCain is unstable and angry)

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. joann

    So what, her daughter's pregnant; 3/4 of the teens don't listen to their parents so why should hers be any different. That has nothing to do with whether she is qualified to be vice president of the US. Good try. Oh yeah her husband has a DWI, so what – sounds like a "typical" white family to me.

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Michael

    Won't this be the second time? Did she not have a baby with downs? Not to worry grandma/mom will take care of it.

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Andrea

    Abstinence-only education worked for the Palin family!

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. dellie

    Good for her....It still SHOULD be taught as an alternative. It is still up to teens in the situation to make the choice. Has anyone out there ever made an error in judgement in this area before?

    September 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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