September 6th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

LA Times: Palin appears to disagree with McCain on sex education

Sarah Palin and John McCain campaigned together Friday.
Sarah Palin and John McCain campaigned together Friday.

Teen pregnancy and sex education were thrust into the spotlight this week when Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.

Palin's running mate, John McCain, and the GOP platform say children should be taught that abstinence until marriage is the only safe way to avoid pregnancy and disease. Palin's position is less clear.

In a widely quoted 2006 survey she answered during her gubernatorial campaign, Palin said she supported abstinence-until-marriage programs. But weeks later, she proclaimed herself "pro-contraception" and said condoms ought to be discussed in schools alongside abstinence.

"I'm pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues," she said during a debate in Juneau.

Such statements could raise concerns among social conservatives who have been some of Palin's most enthusiastic supporters since she was tapped for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket last week.

Leslee Unruh, president of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse and campaign manager of the Vote Yes for Life effort, said children must be given a "clear and concise" message on the benefits of abstinence.

Asked about Palin's statement, Unruh said, "I don't think it's clear. It seems disjointed to me."

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  1. 4Obama

    Ms. Pittbull came on the scene in the most disrespectful way. There are all kinds of scandals around her and the public can't find out the truth because "Ms. Im going to clean up washington" won't answer any questions. Now how is that being a strong woman....she's a liar.

    September 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Deb n Texas

    Sara Palin disagrees with everyone one sex education. To have a 17 year old daughter pregnant – she believes in nothing about sex education. What a poor example for our teenagers and young parents that this woman is running for vice president of the United States. What a poor example for the United States to the World that this woman is running for vice president of the United States. It is a sad day for America.

    September 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. alex

    yeah Im confused what does she stand for? when is she gonna speak to the people and not just read off a prepared speech. sounds fishy to me.

    September 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Matt

    It is clear your kids did not hear about any of it! Palin is just another corrupt, failure.

    September 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. gene

    Social conservative = living on another planet!

    Do they really believe that kids aren't going to be having sex before marriage? I'm sure the kids are out having tea and crumpets and watching rainbow bright when they go out on dates.

    Maybe i should say social conservative = socially retarded

    September 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Paul S. Hickman

    This lady loves to swim with the sharks. Talk about flip flopping–here we go again. But this time it is for real. Goboma 08

    September 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Watermann

    I googled "Anne Kilkenney"...very interesting. However, how many ordinary people know how to google?

    September 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Women for Obama. No more Bush and MCWAR

    She's a phoney.

    September 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Hey Sarah!

    If I remember my religious history correctly, Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontious Pilate was a Governor!

    September 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Nando, Florida

    Another empty skirt !

    September 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    If I rememebr my religious history correctly, Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontious Pilate was a Governor!

    September 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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