September 1st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 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. JOE ASO


    September 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    And there it is. You had to know this would come out about Sarah Quaylin.

    September 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. millioner lady

    should be mc cain take mitt romney ,,why not because he is afraid because Mitt smart and tall ?? Show mc cain not good for leader

    September 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. sabrina

    Obviously, Palin you may need to rethink abstinence education. I"m sure you "raised" your daughter with "values" and in the end even the most well intentioned parent can have a child who gets pregnant. These days pregnancy is the least of your worries...HIV and other STD's are on the rise. People need to get their head out of the clouds when it comes to this. Ignoring and preaching about abstinence doesn't mean a hill of beans when hormones get to roaring out of control!

    September 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. DV

    Geesh, this shows just how poor McCain's judgement is. To, just like George W. Bush, go with his gut feelings instead of reasoned, educated judgement when making the most important decision of his campaign to date.

    I can't imagine how dangerous he would be as President where he can choose an Attorney General or Supreme Court Justice.


    September 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. DW, NY FOR OBAMA '08

    That shows how out-of-touch Palin is w/ teenagers. She needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Hello???? How about teaching protection???

    This is the Republican VP pick??? I'm NOT impressed.

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. family values

    I predict 72hrs from now, Sarah Palin will be the ex-GOP presumptive GOP nominee. The media will tear her limb from limb. Its starting now.

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Will in Richmond, VA

    Well, McCain, it looks like you succeeded in grabbing all the headlines with this one. Mission Accomplished!!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Do you think,

    the earth is flat,global warming is a hoax,babies grow from trees,or the tooth fairy?You should vote for a Republican.

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Boston For OBAMA

    We all know sexual activity comes naturally to all. I prefer my children to be well informed of the consequences of unprotected sexual activity, the most important issue is the tramission of desease.....AIDS is growing among teenagers. Protect our young.

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. SS

    Mommy probably wishes she taught daughter about condoms instead of quoting scripture to her...
    Another failed GOP policy exposed for what it is...

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Jeanie

    No, having a pregnant 17-year old daughter and advocating abstienence-only education isn't normal, it's stupid.

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Randy

    Facts show this doesn't work.

    September 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Let's educate!

    Teaching abstinence is a good very thing...

    Teaching about contraceptives and diseases is a good thing too.

    Palin is against teaching about contraception. Her daughter only got pregnant- what if she had contracted HIV too?

    McCain is putting the country at RISK by picking someone who not only has her hands already full, but is NOT QUALIFIED for the position.

    September 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Michele

    She can't even run her own "normal"'s she going to run a whole dysfunctional national government? Thanks, John! Excellent selection!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Ron democrat turned independent

    here, here. here's to the family,who's children always obey,and when they don't,then what do they say. my hat is off to those perfect parents

    September 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Papa

    This women should spend more time being a mother to her children than persuing her own political aspirations. If she truely had family values she would be there for all her children all the time. If she becomes VP the kids will barely see their mother for 4 or more What a shame. They can say they love them all they want but bring there is truley priceless

    September 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Jennifer

    Now that Palin has experienced the flipside of promoting "abstinence only" programs, she should encourage schools to promote a broader sex education program.

    Telling your kids not to have sex before they're married, is not sex education.

    September 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. adam

    Maybe this isn't fair to say but if Palin had advocated both instead of being hard-wired to her beliefs and religion perhaps her daughter wouldn't be pregnant.

    Bottom line, I think the solution is a hybrid and I hate to invoke Obama, but as he said in his Thursday speech, and I paraphrase "we may not agree on abortion, but surely we can all agree that we need to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies."

    Abstinence certainly prevents pregnancies, but teenagers are going to have sex, whether or not we want them to and no amount of education is going to change this. The best we can do is to educate them that there are alternatives and ways to practice safe sex.

    September 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Obama Hammer

    Didn't they say that "charity" begins at home? If she can't teach abstence to her own daughter, how can....well, never mind.

    September 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. JD, FL

    I remember McCain ran one ad including Obama, Paris and Britney as immature and irresponsible. Now I am waiting for a new one includng Bristol Palin as a good example for teenagers. I feel sorry for the guy that got her pregnant, because they are going to put pressure on him to get married as such a young age.

    September 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Alaskarose

    Grandma Sarah should have stayed home to teach her daughter about the birds and the bees if she did not want Bristol to learn anything about it in school. Looks to me like Bristol needed some "explicit sex-ed programs" that her Mom so vehemently opposes, Bristol got all the wrong information and or she would not be 5 months along.

    September 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Isabellav

    Gov. Palin,
    Abstinence education==
    How's that working for ya?

    September 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Beth

    It's not about making of Palin's daughter,it's about the lack of judgement in McCain and Palin and their hypocrasy.
    If this had been Obama,they both would be saying he needs to drop out of the race.We all know that to be true.
    Also,when choosing a vp candidate,you vet them so there are no scandals.And now with her ethics investigation this is scandal.It would be for anyone else.The republicans ripped Jaime lynn Spears when she became pregnant,now all of a sudden it's okay with them.Republicans don't understand this is one of things people don't like about them,their hypocrasy.

    September 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. RoGrace

    I do not judge, "Only God Can Judge Me", but can't we all agree that you should have met your vice president more than once. That seems like a rush to judgement. We all know we need a change. Do not be scared America, do not be scared. Get out and vote for Obama and Biden.

    September 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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