- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a woman with compassion for pregnant teens, I applaud Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s handling of daughter Bristol’s pregnancy. However, I am shocked that any person with an unwed pregnant daughter would accept a position that could put her a heartbeat away from the most powerful job on the planet. I have seen the turmoil this situation brought to my own family, and it would not have been the time for anyone involved to take on the vice presidency of the United States.

While the pro-life demographic and Republican women swoon over Mrs. Palin, I am horrified that anyone would look upon this position as something to do in your spare time. Also, by flaunting her pregnant, unmarried teenage daughter, she puts herself in a role of encouraging the condition rather than deploring and pitying it.

A member of my family became pregnant as a teen and was unmarried (although she did marry the father before the baby’s birth). This was decades ago, and her choice to become pregnant under such circumstances blighted her future.

Even though my family was supportive and the child beautiful, I still regret what played out in our lives. Making Bristol Palin a poster child for unwed, teenage pregnancy is, to me, horrifying.

Though a shotgun wedding in the White House Rose Garden may have a certain charm, I can only cringe at the thought. I also recoil that unwed teenage pregnancy has become something to be celebrated in today’s truly decadent culture.

ROSALIND ELLIS

Baltimore

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