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    Teens Speak Out on Palin's Pregnancy


    GMA Hosts a Roundtable to Get Teens' Thoughts on Sex, Pregnancy


    Sept. 4, 2008

    The revelation that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is five months pregnant has become fodder for the blogosphere and media outlets. It's ignited debates about abstinence-only sex education and the role parents play in teaching their children about sex.

    It highlighted the fact that one in three girls younger than the age of 20 will become pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Good Morning America" wanted to find out what average teenagers today think of Bristol Palin's plight, and how they look at sex in general, so we hosted a roundtable with several teenage boys and girls from New York and Connecticut to discuss their thoughts on teen pregnancy and sex.

    Initially the genders were questioned separately by "GMA" anchor Chris Cuomo, before the group came together for some final questions.

    The Girls' Take on Palin's Pregnancy

    All five girls on the panel had heard of Bristol Palin's predicament, but few were surprised.

    "I think it's pretty typical of America today. A lot of girls are getting pregnant at young ages so I don't think it's a bad thing," said 17-year-old Jessica Berard.

    But 15-year-old Sasha Pezenik disagreed.
    "If she were 20 or 25, it would be different. She's still in high school," Pezenik said.

    While critics and pundits openly have questioned how this incident reflects on Palin and her candidacy, 17-year-old Ryhan Rudd said it's "unfair" to think Bristol's pregnancy says something bad about Palin's parenting.

    "Mistakes happen, you know, and just because she's a governor and is in the limelight it happens every day," Rudd said.

    But that doesn't mean teens discuss the prospect of pregnancy with their friends.

    "Not really because I don't plan on it. I don't think anyone plans on it happening at a young age. It's just not really something that we talk about a lot," said Laura Grenier, 17.

    When it came to the question of responsibility, the girls were unanimous in their beliefs that it's up to both people in the relationship to ensure their own safety.

    The Boys' Take on Palin's Pregnancy

    After the girls had their say, it was the boys' turn to air their thoughts. Again, all five knew of Bristol's pregnancy.

    "Specifically I'm surprised that Bristol is pregnant because not only is she the daughter of a potential vice president, but she's the daughter of Sarah Palin, who, as we know, is extremely conservative. She is pro-life," said 18-year-old Peter Bumcrot.

    Still none of the boys thought that the revelation should have any impact on Palin's pursuit of the vice presidential office.

    "I can't think of one parent who would tell their kid to have unprotected sex," said 15-year-old Alex Beer.

    "It's scary because it forces kids into this position of adulthood when kids should not be worrying about, 'I have to get diapers for my baby,' when I'm 16, 17 years old," said Gary Spector, 15.

    The Groups Unite

    Finally we brought in the girls and boys to face one another and share their thoughts.
    "I don't think it matters how much you know," Pezenik said. "It's something [emotions] that I think teenagers are too young to know how to control."

    The teens agreed that surveys about teen sex may not be accurate because the teens aren't telling the truth about their sexual lives.

    "It seems like our generation has matured more sexually faster than generations previous to us," said 14-year-old Caroline Jenks.

    But the idea of marrying the boy who fathered your baby didn't seem appealing to some.

    "I don't think that it should automatically be something that would be done if a girl got pregnant," Berard said.

    "I think that a lot of teenagers today don't think it's the best decision for them," Pezenik said.

    ABC News: Teens Speak Out on Palin's Pregnancy

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    "I think it's pretty typical of America today. A lot of girls are getting pregnant at young ages so I don't think it's a bad thing," said 17-year-old Jessica Berard.
    Well of course, if a lot of people do something that something can't possibly be bad!
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    How can it not reflect badly on Palin??? It's proof positive that Abstinence only education doesn't work. And of the mind-boggling hypocrisy of conservatives.

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    I like the part where she cut the funding for the unwed mothers homes. Hypocrite thy name is Palin.

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    Since when is it the governments job to take care of unwed mothers?

    That's one of the things wrong with America, some people don't want to be responsible for themselves.

    You want to keep your baby, then take care of it. Otherwise abort it or give it up for adoption.

    if Palin's kid was on public assistance, she'd be a hypocrite.



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    Witchcurl, my point is if one is going to be a right to lifer and insist that every child concieved be brought to term, whether the mother can support it or not, should one not actually help these mothers who were forced to have the child? Palin wants to have it both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    Witchcurl, my point is if one is going to be a right to lifer and insist that every child concieved be brought to term, whether the mother can support it or not, should one not actually help these mothers who were forced to have the child? Palin wants to have it both ways.

    I understand your point.

    But Alaska does not outlaw abortions, regardless of Palin's beliefs. Citizens of Alaska can choose to abort or keep a baby.

    If they choose to keep a child, then they- they, baby's father- the family, etc. should pay for the child. I know a lot of people who had to put off having kids until they could afford them.

    BTW- that meme about cutting the funds is a half truth.



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    Quote Originally Posted by OCK View Post
    Well of course, if a lot of people do something that something can't possibly be bad!
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