September 1st, 2008
07:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Evangelicals rally behind Palin after pregnancy news

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Evangelicals rallied around Palin Monday."]ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Key evangelical leaders rallied to Sarah Palin's support Monday amid news that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was having a child.

"Before, they were excited about her, with the Down syndrome baby," conservative, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said. "But now with this, they are over the moon. It reinforces the fact that this family lives its pro-life values."

Palin and John McCain oppose abortion and have supported promoting abstinence in schools - which would seem to make Bristol Palin's pregnancy an inconveniently timed development.

But she is keeping the child, a fact that could make the Alaska governor - whose candidacy has been enthusiastically embraced by evangelicals who regard her as one of their own - even more popular among that key GOP voting bloc.

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"Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said. "We are committed to praying for Bristol and her husband-to-be and the entire Palin family as they walk through a very private matter in the eyes of the public."

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  1. Dill

    I thought the Republicans always tout "family first, family values", how can Mrs. Palin not put her children first. She has a new baby with special needs and he will need his mother more than ever and now a teenager who is pregnant and only 17 years old. Mrs. Palin should be their mother first and help her own children first. Instead she will be too busy being the Vice Presidental nominee. This sad for her children.

    September 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Raj

    everyone keeps saying their happy that she is "choosing" the child..well that CHOICE is one that she would take away from women all over the country, regardless if they were impregnated by a boyfriend, brother, or rapist....

    September 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. troy

    Sad day in America when we start to support teenage pregnancy.

    September 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Kid

    Hypocrites, always talking out of both sides of their mouths. Any other 16 year old and they're "loose and moraly corrupt". Now that's it is one of their own she's "brave and a hero". Gimme a break. These people make me sick.

    September 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    it is truly sick that they are praising a seventeen year for being pregnant

    September 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The real issue is unprotected sex which can and is one of the causes of AIDS around the world where children become victims of aids as a result. So stop trying to paint a pretty picture that is no cure for AIDS when children take risk of unprotected sex. THIS KIND OF PRAISE SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO ARE YOUTH, REMEMBER PARIS HILTON.

    September 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Javone

    Everyone in the room should be dizzy with all the spin on this story!

    September 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. pergy

    Your kidding right? Does anyone in their right mind believe a 17 year old should be having a baby?

    September 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Chris

    Apparently teen pregnancy is ok so long as you marry the father. What a bunch of hypocrites. You can't have it both ways.

    September 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Junakirii

    It's great that she appears to live according to her values. In no way does this make her suitable for the vice presidency. Or the presidency.

    September 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Susan

    Hypocracy at it's most galling. How quickly some in this movement sell out their convictions when it's one of their own.

    September 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Kristine

    Oh yeah–hey Palin, global warming is real. Even our current embarrasment in chief believes that. We're facing a global crisis, and you deny it exists.

    September 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Former Clinton Supporter for Obama

    Despite the fact I know very little about her and that I can't understand her selection as Vice-President, I will keep Mrs. Palin and her family in my prayers during this difficult time. I honestly think that her family should be her first priority right now, not carrying water for the likes of John McCain, who promises more of the same for the American people.

    September 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. RJ


    Lets face it if this was BO who had a 17-year-old daughter soon to have a baby the press would be having a field day and kill any chance at be president.

    She still needs to be vetted like HC / BO were by the press.

    September 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. raquel

    dont be too fast to judge, only god can... pay attention to her accomplishments and how they better serve the citizens, that's what she's paid to do, she's not anyone's preacher

    September 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Daniel

    I am honestly outraged by the response from the Republicans not only about the teenage pregnancy but mostly about the fact that NONE and I mean NONE acknowledges that something is wrong. They come across as though they embrace teenage pregnancy and that's wrong. Yeah show love and be acceptance of her and all that but don't come on TV and tell young kids go on get pregnant and you will be loved. The least they can do is to admit to the youth that it happened out of lack of responsibility and shouldn't have happened. It is ridiculous. “Yes We Can”!!!! “Yes We Can”!!!!

    September 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. These people are seriously delusional

    So now the fact that she's keeping the baby – as a 17-year old high school student – overrides the fact that she got pregnant as a 17-year old high school student?

    So let me get it straight:

    1. You're not supposed to have sex before marriage, and will only be taught this fact and not any way to prevent pregnancy (thus, abstinence only sexual education)

    2. If you do have sex and get pregnant at the age of 17, it's only a bad thing if you have an abortion; if you choose to keep a baby you may not be prepared mentally, emotionally or financially to raise, you become a sort of hero?

    These people are absolutely sick

    September 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. dray

    I do not believe for a moment that the "religious right" is excited about this news. The talking heads are spinning and lying and the media is complicit. They'll lie about anything and say anything to keep this election "looking" close so that they can pull the same trick with the Diebold voting machines.
    This is surreal...welcome to the united fascist states of america.. orwell foretold of this day... fascism is here and it's wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross just the way sinclair lewis said it would.
    Good grief.

    September 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. blaising

    I could care less about what those mouth-breathers think!!

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    September 1, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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