17 year old Bristol Palin pregnant. She’s still in high school. She’s unwed.
Her mother, VP candidate Sarah Palin, is a pro-life Republican who believes that abstinence only education works.
Governor Palin told an Alaskan pro-family group, “explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”
…Her administration may be about to lay fresh tracks; the public-health division in Alaska has decided to submit its application for the federally funded State Abstinence Education Grant Program, which will promote abstinence from sexual activity to “groups which are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock” until the end of 2013.
Which groups? Because teaching your kids about abstinence, instead of giving them a condom, is clearly the most effective path.
The arrogance is astounding, and that conservatives are still rallying around Palin as being an effective leader proves only desperation. (and, before the lame argument comes up, I’m not questioning Palin’s merits as a mother – merely her clearly botched policy on sex education).
But this is a blog about California, so a quick review of sex education laws here is in order:
- California schools are NOT required to teach sex education, but if they do they must notify parents, and parents may elect to remove their children from the classes.
- Abstinence ONLY education is not allowed, although it may be included within additional sex ed curriculum.
- California schools DO need to teach HIV/AIDS education to middle school and high school students.