You heard it here first: John McCain got Sarah Palin’s daughter pregnant.
You think I’m kidding?
John McCain has repeatedly voted against legislation that would have prevented unwanted pregnancy by providing insurance coverage for birth control, programs to increase access to and awareness of emergency contraception, and biologically-based sex education.
He has repeatedly voted in support of abstinence-only sex-education programs, which don’t work to prevent teen pregnancy. He also voted against laws requiring that they be vetted as medically accurate before being used.
In general, when it comes to women’s reproductive rights, John McCain has voted and spoken publicly in favor of programs that get–and keep–women pregnant, whether they like it or not.
The New York Times today quoted Barack Obama as urging that “people back off these kinds of stories.” While I certainly hope we avoid publicly judging Palin’s kid for this, I think it’s very reasonable for us to judge the programs that got her into this pickle to begin with, and the people who promote them. Moreover, I think it’s very reasonable for the press to use this episode as an example of the conservative movement’s hypocrisy and total ignorance of the truth. May their teeth gnash until the McCain campaign is chewed up and spit out.
Palin is quoted as saying her daughter has grown up “much faster than [she] would have ever planned.”
No shit. Blame John McCain, blame your party, and blame your ideology. I do.