September 1st, 2008
02:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Perkins praises Palin's daughter

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/01/art.tony.perkins.jpg caption="Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacted to Palin's daughter's pregnancy Monday."]
(CNN) - Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised the 17-year-old daughter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin Monday for choosing to keep her child.

"Unfortunately, teenage pregnancy has become all too common in today's society regardless of a family's economic or social status. It is problem that we remain committed to reducing through encouraging young people to practice abstinence," Perkins, a powerful figure in the evangelical community, said in the statement.

"Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation. 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," Perkins wrote.

Family Research Council is an organization that promotes social conservative views.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. MN

    Palin is very much against sex education, except for abstinence. If she can't instill that teaching amongst her family, what makes her think it can work on a national level?

    September 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. lisa

    It sickens me that because Obama is black, he has to prove over and over that his family is a 'normal' American family, with 'normal' American family values...he has to actually and continually sell this idea to the American public.

    Be honest with yourselves and JUST IMAGINE what the REPUGS would be saying about Obama if he had an unmarried 17 year old daughter who was pregnant!???!!

    September 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. ken kansas

    Is it true that Track Palin was born in the 32 week after Sarah and Todd got married? Wa he a premie?

    Is Bristol Palin really, "Fortunately......following her mother and father's example"?

    September 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Rickymo

    What a load of crap...if this happened on the Obama/Biden team they would be all over the "immorality" of it all. But it is somehow a blessed event when it happens to them...and I am sure the boy is so happy that he is getting married and being a daddy...

    September 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Perusing-through

    HYPOCRITS! Just like the Religious-Right to to spin the matter. They have been preaching "abstinence alone", and now it didn't work for the Palin family.

    This issue directly relates to James Dobson's Religious Right "Focus on The Family" ABSTINENCE policy. Abstinence alone did not work, so they should re-think it through when pushing it on American families!

    September 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    Right On Perkins.....now if you could only be that non-judgmental when it comes to the other side.....

    September 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Mary

    Sure the Palin's are a typical Republican family....more like trailer trash!!! Thinkk about this – if McCain dies, this woma becomes President. Will the White House be the home of drunken parties and illegitimate babies. Why not – it has been defiled by the last administration to the point that it really doesn't seem to matter anymore about dignity and intelligence in our government.

    September 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Bill L

    So what happened to the Family Values condidate?
    Palin should have chosen to stay home with her children and help her daughter face this new challenge.

    September 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. jojo

    it is too bad for the daughter, but when the reactionary right and bigoted religious right as manifested in such clearly biased media such as FOX non-news network, or in Dobson's focus on the family nonsense...is there anyone in this country familiar with the likes of such moron's as Hannity, or O'Reilly, of Ann coulter who, were it an unmarried Chelsia Clinton, or an unmarried Kennedy daughter in the same condition, would not be all over dedicating every day for the next two months to it! Should in be a private matter? of course it should...but the hypocrisy prevails when, as public figures, their so called 'moral' positions on issues of family are so clearly just not what they speak of...guess it is bad for everyone else, but, when it hits home..different story. in closing, doesn't say much about McGoofy's judgement..especially if his sole purpose was to pander to those more reactionary than himself.

    September 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Elle

    Obama was raised by a single parent, his mother, so this makes a difference why???

    September 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. observer

    Get a life Perkins and stop talking from both sides of your mouth. For once speak like an intelligent person; use this opportunity to teach of teenage pregrancy that has become a calamity. I for one do not want the highest office in the land to set a bad example.;

    September 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. People Are Stupid, cambridge, MA

    Right, socially conservative means premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, marrying the person you just happened to have sex with, and putting a baby in a unstable environment. Wonder what they think "liberals" do?

    September 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Maya

    I am curious about Palin's views on contraceptives.

    September 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    if the shoe was on the other foot. they would be raking OBAMA's girls and Michelle for that matter over the coals.
    They would probbaly have an ad out already.
    Why are the republicans such hypocrites?

    September 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Perusing-through

    HEY, IDIOT TONY PERKINS, KEEPING THE BABY IS NOT THE ISSUE, , , , , , ,

    But forcing 17-year Bristol Palin to marry the father for the sake of her mother's beliefs is an issue.

    Marriage is a lifelong commitment. Has anyone asked whether Bristol and the father are ready for that LIFE LONG COMMITMENT?

    September 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. jake melton

    Always puzzled by the weight some give to people like Tony Perkins in our culture. Sure, it is great that she will keep the child. The more troubling questions and issues are how we as a nation can make that decision more viable for move individuals. The FRC and Mr. Perkins all too often are divisive when addressing larger issues of justice and peace, and fail to emphasise that being pro-life is more than being opposed to abortion.

    September 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Loving This

    Wasn't this the same political party loudly criticizing the likes of JamieLynn Spears and others who are the same age as Bristol??

    September 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Annie

    How am I supposed to convince my teenagers that premarital sex comes with dire consequences when politician's kids are doing it and getting praised?

    September 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Cheryl R

    He and the other evangelists certainly didn't praise Britney Spear's sister when she got pregnant out of wedlock and decided to marry the guy. They raged on about how she was a scandalous example to young people. Interesting how flexible their values are when it comes to someone of their own political party.

    September 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Tom from NJ

    Good thing for the right to choose. If Palin was in office she would be forcing the right to life. I very much hope the marriage of this young couple isn't based simply on the fact this baby is coming. Is this the role model for american families? Now I know why foriegn policy wasn't important in the choice of the VP candidate. McCain thought greater focus should be on family values and the right to life.

    September 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. banderson

    The Republicans don't know how to govern but they do know how to run a campaign. They are circling the wagons and putting the maximum spin on this situation to make sure they don't lose this precious VP candidate who is bringing in tons of money for them. I agree that Sarah Palin's family should be off limits to any scrutiny by the media, however I also think that the Republican party should be called on their absolute hypocrisy when it comes to moral values among candidates. It is no doubt if this was Obama or Biden's child that they would be crucified by the right and I for one am glad that Obama is taking the high road on this one. I agree with a post earlier that the young lady should not be made to marry if she doesn't want to. It is amazing that it is the McCain campaign stating that she will get married. Maybe the young man doesn't want to get married. But wait I bet there is a bunch of money in it if you do the right thing young man. I can imagine John McCain stating "No one is going to keep me from my destiny".

    September 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Colo Sprgs, CO

    DUI dad, teenage pregnancy, hockey-mom who shoots caribou, sounds like a typical American family. Do we really need another VP with a rifle? Look how good that turned out with Cheney.

    September 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Independents for Obama

    This shows you that McCain has no good judgement. He must have thought if he chose a woman; he could win over the Hillary supporters. Well, he has rolled the dice and looks like.... CRAPS.

    September 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Vic

    Yes, I agree that teenage pregnancy has become all too common in today's society. If this is a statement by a so-called conservatice evangelical, he ought to know why the public is outrage. Sarah Palin should of lectured her own family about abstinence before lecturing to others. Fornication is a sin; not just a common problem in today's society. We all are sinners, but if you gonna "talk the talk"; you better "walk the walk".

    Republican voting for Obama/Biden 08

    September 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. RyanD.

    Neo-Con hypocrisy is DISGUSTING.

    Didn't this same organization just rail against Jamie Lynn Spears and "Juno", but having a VP with a teenage, unwed mother is OK?

    What the hell is going on ya'll?

    September 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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