Fox News thinks that the “answer” to the abortion question is to celebrate teenage girls who get pregnant, and have their babies.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: President Obama and a spokesperson for Concerned Women for America disagreeing over what age girls should be able to buy the Plan B contraceptive. And we’re back now with our panel. Nina, the Obama administration, had as a policy making the Plan B morning-after pill available for,-you know, they say women, girls, women, 17 and over. They have now changed that to 15 and older. And a federal judge has ruled it should be made available to people of all ages. It’s kind of a tough spot for the administration.
NINA EASTON, FORTUNE MAGAZINE: It’s a tough spot. I just think there’s a case to be made for conservatives or anybody who cares about the rate of abortions in this country, to deregulate birth control more, there’s a case we made all the way — I although understand a need for parents to be involved. One of the things that — of all of these news, and including the president’s speech to Planned Parenthood in his Gosnell case with murdering babies, is we’re looking at a culture that produces 1.2 million abortions a year. We’re losing sight of that fact. And I would say that in addition to deregulating birth control, another thing we need to do is celebrate young women who bring a baby to term and find an adoptive parent. There’s such a stigma today to being an adoptive birth mom, that you’re more willing to admit that you’ve had an abortion than that you’re delivering a healthy newborn to a loving family. What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with our culture that that’s where we are today? So, I would encourage viewers, there’s a new campaign out by the National Council for Adoption, it’s called ichooseadoption.org. And I would say, on the eve of Mother’s Day next week, that we should all check that out and start celebrating these young women who choose life for their babies.
Her point was that if we want to cut down on abortions, we should be celebrating teen pregnancy. Maybe, teenage girls wouldn’t be getting pregnant if Republicans weren’t insisting on a two pronged policy of teaching abstinence only in schools while denying birth control to women.
This also leads us to the greatest hypocrisy of the “life” movement. They want women to not have an abortion, but they also support cutting funding for prenatal and child care programs. The same political party that wants teenage girls to be celebrated for their pregnancy has tried to throw 300,000 kids off food stamps, and cut medical benefits for hundreds of thousands more.
Pregnancy isn’t cheap. Who is going to pay for these teen moms to have their babies? According to the conservative ideology, it won’t be the government.
I am sure that Fox News didn’t mean for one of their guests to support teen pregnancy, but that’s what happens when when right wing views are taken to their most extreme conclusions. Fox News is opposed to teens having access to things like proper sex education and birth control, but teen moms like Bristol Palin, are heroes.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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