Unfortunately for Bristol Palin, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree as she is proving to be just as ignorant and hypocritical as her mother.
She posted a blog on Wednesday in which she expressed her outrage at the fact that the state of Washington offers free birth control to young girls.
“Do you remember what it was like to be a 10 year old? I remember being an unabashed tomboy concerned with playing outside and acing 5th grade," Palin wrote.
"But life isn't so innocent and carefree for some 10 years old in Washington State. This summer a report came out claiming that some schools in Washington were giving free birth control implants to children as young as 10 years old! These birth control devices are implanted in a girl’s uterus, and all of this can be done without a parent’s consent!”
"It is crazy that the government is offering a controversial form of birth control that can have serious life-long side effects to 10-year-old CHILDREN, but then to do all of this behind a parent's back is simply outrageous!”
Alright young Palin, let’s take a moment to educate you a little bit before we call you out on your hypocrisy.
1) Washington is not the only state to allow minors access to birth control without a parent’s consent, actually nearly half of the states in the entire country do, so what's the big deal?
2) Medical research – a topic you obviously are not very knowledgeable about and thus shouldn’t be criticizing – has shown that IUDS are just as safe for teens as they are for adults and contrary to your silly blog post, it is not considered a “controversial” form of birth control.
3) Programs that offer accessible and affordable birth control for young women and teens have already been proven effective in other states, such as in Colorado where the birthrate among teens dropped 40% and teen abortion rates dropped 42% after they implemented a free long-acting contraceptive program back in 2009, as the New York Times reported earlier this year.
4) Your blog implies that a bunch of 10-year-olds are frolicking around Washington with IUDS in their uteri. That is not the case. The Washington state healthcare authority runs the Take Charge program which offers various family planning services including pap smears, condoms, IUD insertion and it even offers information on abstinence.
However, the Judicial Watch report you referenced did find that many people have abused the program in the last three years including a small percentage of 10- and 11-year-olds. But the report also says that the largest group of minors that received the IUDS was 17-year-olds, a perfectly acceptable age to make that decision without parental consent.
Now, regarding the hypocrisy...
Miss Palin ... did you forget that you were a teen mother, yourself?
The rest of us remember your bulging belly during your mother’s vice presidential campaign in 2008 and you were only 17 and unmarried at the time. I’m sure you love your son and consider him a blessing, but I’m also fairly certain you have had nights when you thought to yourself, “If only I had used a contraceptive.”
In any case, you were lucky. You came from a wealthy family who supported you through your pregnancy and you had access to proper medical care. Unfortunately, many young women and teens have very different circumstances and becoming pregnant would turn their whole lives upside down. So, using birth control is a much better route.
With that in mind, before you jump down Washington’s throat for trying to help young girls avoid a preventable life-altering situation, think back on your time as a young mother and the fact that even with money and family support you still faced several obstacles, and then imagine if you had to go through it alone.
In the meantime, stop sharing your ill-informed opinions and just continue trying to convince the world (and yourself) that your recently announced, second unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock is such a joy to behold.