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Meghan McCain Says Bristol Palin's Abstinence Mission Shows the Republicans Don't Understand Sex

Meghan McCain: Republicans Need Some Sex Ed

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?


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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
It' s great she speaks out. Awesome.
mdemariah mdemariah 8 years
I'd be on McCain's side, IF I supported Republicans. But I don't. Anyway.. talking and providing sex ed to young people is much better than supporting an inexistent abstinence.
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
I completely agree with Megan McCain-- age or not, if you KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, then you know whether or not you have a point. Bristol Palin is simply regurgitating talking points (just like her mother) and not being realistic.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I agree with Megan McCain. Teaching kids about abstinence is unrealistic; we all have hormones and parent and the school should teach children about how their body works, the important of birth control, the consequences of unprotected sex, and that sex is a big responsibility. Teaching to be abstinence and that it is not realistic nor healthy, sex is important. And for those who believe that is not the schools responsibility to teach those kids about sex, it is, as a society we are responsible to prepare our children for adulthood the best way we can, and sex being a big part of adult life, its our responsibility to inform them about the consequences and about our bodies. I'm a democrat by the way
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I saw Meghan on the view the other day talking about this and agree with her. I think every teen should be given all the info about protecting themselves. Bristol's reasonings are so dumb every time. "its wrong don't do it" but of course she couldn't even follow that advice. Sexuality is human nature, you can only say no so many times until you finally give in. And hopefully when you do you use protection
zeze zeze 8 years
I think Megan McCain needs to realize that she probably isn't a Republican. You can't argue against so many of the Republican values and be a Republican - that makes you an Independent who leans right. Gay marriage and the approach to sex in schools are huge points in Republican traditional values - by completely going "Democrat" on these issues or even leaning left on these issues, she makes herself an independent. I am pretty sure, should the Republican party embrace all these suggestions she offered, they would lose more support than they would gain.
commonsense102 commonsense102 8 years
She's not really a conservative... she only changed parties cuz poppa mccain was running on the republican ticket for prez. either way she's a breath of fresh air.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I agree with HoneyBrown, I would like to see her on the VIEW. (I'm a DEM).
Wow, is that unanimous? Amazing! I like Meghan McCain, and the Repubs would be wise to take notice. P.S. Who thinks Bristol is probably on the Pill now, while preaching abstinence?
cherrypop cherrypop 8 years
I agree with Meghan McCain. I think BOTH abstinence and the regular sex ed should be taught in school. Give teens both sides of the story and let them evaluate for themselves.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Eh, this is a "whatever" fight to me. I'm a Dem and I don't care that much. We need comprehensive sex ed, that's a given. Though Meghan McCain's making much more logical arguments, and well Bristol Palin is...*ahem*. I wouldn't mind seeing a debate between them. Just a side question b/c I'm curious: has Bristol actually defined herself as a Republican/conservative? I know people probably expect her to be because of her mother, but I haven't heard her say anything about her politics.
gingirl gingirl 8 years
I'm a Democrat, but I really admire Meghan McCain. She is a very smart young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind - but to do it in a very reasonable and logical way. The more I learn about her, the more I like her. Bristol Palin, on the other hand.....I don't have much to say about her.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"I actually wouldn't mind seeing her as a member of The VIew panel instead of Elizabeth Hasselbeck." Oo I like that idea!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
I'm a Democrat, by the way.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
I actually wouldn't mind seeing her as a member of The VIew panel instead of Elizabeth Hasselbeck. She is very interesting to listen to. I think she's far more objective than any female conservative under 40 on tv today.
sarahcateh sarahcateh 8 years
I love Meghan McCain! You can say what you want about her dad, but he obviously did something right in raising her. She learned to think for herself and that is so important.
RachLA RachLA 8 years
Definitely on McCain's side. She's much more realistic. Hopefully in the upcoming GOP revolution they'll reevaluate their condoms=evil stance.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I'm rolling with the majority. I am liking McCain more and more now. She seems to be reasonable and level headed
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I'm on McCain's side on this one. Telling teens to not do something "just because" is stupid. If you want to prevent teen pregnacy you need to give teens options to actually prevent pregnancy. I fully support easier access to all kinds of birth control as well as education.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I'm a democrat too, but I really love Meghan McCain. She's a really smart young woman who stands firmly on what she believes & speaks with intelligence. You guys should read her blog!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
amen Meghan McCain. believe and do what you want as long as you have all the facts -- education is freedom!
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
Meghan McCain > Bristol Palin. She seems to have the better head on her shoulders. $10 says that everything Bristol has said about abstinence being good/bad has to do COMPLETELY with her mom's campaign for vice president and for president next election. First appeal to the Dems, now to the religious right. Meghan seems much more centrist, logical, and just plain smart and honest.
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