It's McCain vs. Palin, round two! Meghan McCain and Bristol Palin, that is. In response to the young Palin's somewhat confusing new role as an ambassador for teen abstinence, McCain has responded with a column arguing that the Republican Party is out of touch when it comes to sex and sexual education.
McCain acknowledges that Palin is her own person and not necessarily representative of her mother's party. But in her column, she asserts that the recent publicity surrounding Bristol only reinforces the GOP's unrealistic attitude toward all things sexual. To read her reasoning,
McCain's main gripe: abstinence shouldn't be the only option offered to teens in place of actual education:
Here’s what I’ve never understood about the party: its resistance to discussing better access to birth control. As a Republican, I am pro-life. But using birth control and having an abortion are not the same at all. Actually, the best way to prevent abortions is to educate people about birth control and make it widely and easily accessible.
She admits that abstinence is the only foolproof way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs, but — and this is a big "but" — it only works if teens practice it. If they choose not to, they may find themselves lacking understanding about "all the issues they face if or when they have sex — physically and emotionally."
So whose side are you on, McCain's or Palin's? Do you wish they'd both just stop talking about it, or, as young women, are they precisely the ones who should be?