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Palin familyBristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of the Governor of Alaska, is five months pregnant. I honestly don’t care.

She’s planning on marrying the father. I don’t think it’s any of my business.

There had been rumors that her baby brother, Trig (or Pre-Calc, as I prefer to call him) was in fact her son. Doesn’t matter to me, except I question the sense of taking the long trip from Texas to a small-town hospital in rural Alaska after his mother’s water had broken. That sort of risk-taking makes more sense as a cover-up of a young mother giving birth and her mother pretending to. But again, even that really has nothing to do with me, and whether the crazy trip or the cover-up is the truth, I don’t particularly care.

Here’s what I care about: the Palins put out a press release on September 1.

We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.

We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby…

Bristol Palin made a decision to have this baby? Sarah Palin is on record in support of overturning Roe v. Wade. When she was running for Governor, she responded to a questionnaire put out by the Eagle Forum of Alaska. In response to a question on abortion, she wrote:

I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.

In response to the question, “Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?” she wrote, “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”

So who believes Bristol Palin made a decision that made her parents proud? Who believes her parents think there was ever a decision to make? If McCain and Palin are elected, are they going to allow any women to make that decision for themselves?

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