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Before we point the finger at Sarah Palin for her daughter's unplanned pregnancy, shouldn't the baby's father, Levi Johnston, and his mom at least share some of the blame--or is this just one more example of the teen pregnancy double standard??

The stigma of the unwed mother has never been more evident than in the media firestorm around the pregnancy of VP nominee Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol and boyfriend Levi Johnston. But as the saying goes, boys who get a girl in "a family way" are merely sowing their entitled wild oats.

The reaction, of course, has been fully focused on Sarah Palin's lack of mothering skills--why else would her daughter befall such a terrible fate? Last time we checked, it takes two people to make a baby--but no one seems to question Sherry Johnston, the mother of Bristol's young boyfriend ... a.k.a. the father of her unborn child. Or Levi himself for engaging in unprotected sex, for that matter.

Yet, Sarah Palin must ardently defend herself, her daughter and her political viability while Johnston's mother casually said in an interview recently that the news of her son's impending fatherhood is "just a bonus."

Really? Just the icing on the cake? Let's look at the facts: Levi Johnston is an 18-year-old high school dropout who had sex with minor, impregnated her and has publicly declared on MySpace that he does not want kids. Oh, and he likes to play hockey and chill with his friends. Bonus!

Then the decision was made to have Levi show up at Bristol's side at the RNC. Would Bristol be allowed to show her face in such a public forum without Levi by her side? Probably not. The self-proclaimed "fu**kin' redneck," at least by outward appearances, "looked" like a happy expectant father.

Go to Page Two: Will Levi Johnston be a good father and husband? The odds aren't great.

next: Back to School Lunch...on a Stick
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DEBBIE September 4, 2008, 11:44 AM

“Boys will be boys”! A definite example of a sexist, prejudicial attitude.

Blaming the Palins and the Johnstons can only go so far! Levi and Bristol are the ones who “did the tango”!

I’ve been in Bristol’s shoes. I have an idea that she is VERY confused and under much stress WITHOUT the current limelight from the media.

Levi and Bristol are supposed to get married. Let’s stop prejudging. Give the two a chance to do the right thing. They may have better judgement than we want to give them credit for!

From what I’ve seen of Sarah and Todd Palin, I am VERY confident that they and their family will provide all kinds of support for Levi and Bristol.

Gwendolyn September 4, 2008, 12:25 PM

I feel sorry for them and hope that in the end everything turns out okay. They have a lot of growing up to do and in such little time. Even for ‘adults’ it’s difficult to be a parent and do everything right. I’ve seen many so called grown ups have poor judgment too.

They’re not the only kids in the world having underage sex and definitely not the only ones to get pregnant. The media needs to lighten up and not drag them into the news and people need to stop being so judgmental.

Lesa September 4, 2008, 12:28 PM

Of course Levi is to blame too. He should be given a lifetime supply of Trojans for being their new poster child for birth control.


But the Johnstons aren’t running for office here. They are not the ones that are pushing these Abstinence Only policies down the thoats of EVERYONE IN THE WORLD (btw).

Let me explain this to you.

She supports the tying of foreign aid for HIV inflicted contries to her favorite Abstinence Only policies. NGOs that want to hand out condoms DO NOT GET FUNDED!! (an example of a Non-Governmental Organization is ONE)

So, when someone who is running for an office (whether they run alone or choose to join or accept to be on a part of a ticket) and makes their stance on a public policy (BOTH DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN) known to the public—they are fair game. Especially when they have beaten us in the head with all of this “FAMILY VALUES” hypocrisy for years.

So YES! He needs to learn more about BIRTH CONTROL like CONDOMS but his family isn’t the one shoving their bad examples of family values down our throats in the form of policies, that would be the PALINS.

The Johnstons are off the hook as far as I am concerned, this is SARAH PALIN who needs to change her stance on the Abstinence Only policies. NOT ANYONE ELSE.

Diane September 4, 2008, 12:31 PM

The religious right who’s mantra is abstinence seems to ignore that these kids committed a ‘sin’. What happened to graduate, get an education, job, fall in love MARRY and then have children? For all we know they may have chosen to abort but don’t get a choice now. How many unwed teens who keep their babies end up not finishing school, living on welfare and find the cycle repeated with their own kids. Either way they are far too young to marry and raise a family.

Anonymous September 4, 2008, 6:09 PM

I’m going to blame abstinance only education. It is obvious there is no mention of birth control. Kids will have sex no matter what. Teaching them about birth control and disease should encourage them to make better informed decision. If you haven’t seen the movie “Kids”, I suggest you pick it up. There is more out there for teens than unplanned pregnancies.

Anonymous September 4, 2008, 9:54 PM

Thought you’d find this interesting. After last night’s speech, the Republicans raised $1,000,000 and Obama raised $10,000,000. Maybe it will turn out all riight in the end.

Cindy :)

Anonymous September 5, 2008, 8:37 AM

Talk about a double standard! Stop blaming only the mothers! What about the dads of Bristol and Levi! They are just as responsible for the upbringing of their children.

CK1 September 5, 2008, 9:05 AM

My comment is MIND YOU OWN BUSINESS and stop commenting on Bristol and Levi. You are exploiting two teenagers and that’s wrong! Talk about important issues in this election and stop gossiping like a bunch of small town hicks. By the way I live in a small town so I’ve heard this kind of talk before but I AM NOT one to gossip. It’s disgusting!

Barbara Eastwood September 5, 2008, 9:09 AM

I agree this is a personal matter. But so was Clinton’s between Hillary & Bill and Monica. But everyone made it a National Security problem. Then a lot of people complained when Hillary wanted to be President all complained, if she can’t control her husband’ how can she run a country. Now is the same question true of Palin? If she can’t control her family how can she run a country if it arise’s ?

D September 5, 2008, 9:28 AM

Sorry, but Palin is the one that decided to tell the media that her daughter was pregnant in the first place to take some of the heat off of herself regarding her son supposedly not being her own. (which was silly to begin with, but could have been easily disproven without throwing her daughter to the wolves.)

I find it ironic that a governer against sexual education ended up with a pregnant daughter.

Frankly, Palin scares me. Seriously scares me.

Considering the extremely high position she’d have if McCain wins, or even worse, if he dies, YES - we should be able to question everything she does, including personal matters.

L September 5, 2008, 9:59 AM

First of all, when you make a decision to be this public of a figure, there is no privacy for you or your family. It would be stupid for someone to assume that no matter which side of the aisle you are on.
Second, just because you teach someone the right thing to do doesn’t mean they will do it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t teach a child to not put their hand in the fire because they will get burned. Making wrong choices doesn’t negate the need to teach right choices.
Education is empowering.
Abstinance is a small timid voice up against the culture of today with the lyrics, videos, films, ads, TV shows and peer pressure. Kids are barraged with the wrong message.
We need a just say NO campaign to teen sex.
Now that Madonna has a teen ager-maybe she won’t want to promote having sex with whoever whenever you feel like it.
She could be the spokesperson for Just Say NO.

Pam September 5, 2008, 10:02 AM

I think everyone should back off and leave those kids alone. All of you casting stones should look in your own back yard and take care of your own, it’s none of your business. This is 2008, it doesn’t make an excuse for anything but you all need to come up with the times! Never say, “that wouldn’t happen to a child of mine because I raised him/her better”, ANYONE’S kid could do the same thing! It’s not how you raise them, you can be the best parent in the world but they are their own person and you can’t control them 24/7, unless you live in a bubble and use mind control. It isn’t the parents fault, it isn’t the kids fault, it just happened. All the bible thumpers need to get off their holier than tho pedestal too, you have “sinned” I’m sure in some way. If you’re so holy you know you are not one to pass judgment, there’s your first sin! IT’S NOT YOU JOB, ONLY ONE HAS THAT PRIVALAGE! Everyone needs to back off and leave these kids alone and let them chose their path in life, this is a FREE country isn’t it? I’m also sure not one dime will come out of your pocket to support the baby either! As for the person who wrote the order our live should take, “graduate, get a job, fall in love, get married, THEN have a baby”, are gone. Times have changed, where have you been for the last 20 years! God bless Bristol and Levi, I hope they have a happy life!

Jean September 5, 2008, 11:03 AM

Palin threw her daughter under the bus. She should be nurturing all of her children through this difficult and embarassing time, out of the national spotlight. At 44, she is young enough to pursue her personal and recent dreams. Raise your 5 children that you brought into this world first and let them have moms undivided attention.

Pam September 5, 2008, 11:27 AM

Why is being a 17 year old mom an “embarressment? Why is it an “embarressment” to have a 17 year old pregnant daughter? I’m sure Sarah Palin isn’t “embarressed” about it and neither is Bristol. It isn’t anyone’s business but theirs! In today’s world, mom’s can be mom’s and have a career too, or haven’t you noticed? I’m sure Sarah Palin is doing a great job of raising her kids too. Everything happens for a reason, get off your high horse.

shelley September 5, 2008, 11:33 AM

politics !!!!!

Bobby--New Mexico September 5, 2008, 11:33 AM

My sister many years ago (1982) ended up in the same position as Bristol. She had just turned 18 and finished high school and was planning on marrying her boyfriend. The wedding just got moved up a few months….

Things like this have been occuring since mankind began and will continue as long as mankind exists. Parents can only do so much, the kids (both sexes) are just as much at fault as anyone. With all the birth control information out there, I’m sure they both knew about condoms and everything but chose not to use it.

From what I heard on FoxNews, both kids have enrolled in college and both sets of parents will pay for college and for childcare. Hopefully they will take the chance for college and make something of themselves for their soon-to-be child.

All of this bickering is useless and does no good to anyone. Palin announced the pregnancy because the “far-left” media was broadcasting it anyway with lots of slander and lies attached to it.

As much I as dislike Obama, I agree with him that the subject should be OFF-LIMITS….This is between the kids and their parents, not the entire USA.

As the grandfather of 3 gils (3, 9, 13) I hope they don’t have the same issue arise, but no matter how much they are taught about sex and birth control or future boyfriends are taught, this will happen from time to time. Teenagers are humans (sort of anyway) with all the feelings and desires that we all have.

Talking about the pregnancy is fine, but lets leave the politics out of it. There is a place and time for it and this isn’t it.

Both kids will need lots of unconditional love and support from their families t get through this and raise their child. No matter what anyone thinks of the Palin’s or the boyfriends parents, they seem to be supporting their children and their choice. That is what matters most.

Evelyn September 5, 2008, 11:39 AM

Maybe we should make public everyone’s personal, private life choices/history. Why don’t we just attend to our own families and stop worrying about what others are doing.

concerned September 5, 2008, 12:05 PM

Before you point a finger perhaps you should look in your own closet. Be honest most of you were just lucky. It is not a matter of boys will be boys or girls being promiscuous or even good/bad parenting. Yes, it is unfortunate to become parents at such a young age. It is part of life be it positive or negative!! Last I looked teens have a mind of their own. Love, to teens is in the here and now. Teens and sadly some adults really don’t think of future consequences. Perhaps, this is unfortunate for some, but I have met plenty of couples in my life who had conceived prior to marriage. How many of you know women who had a baby between 7 and 9 months after they married saying it was a premie or they got pregnant during the “honeymoon”. (more than you may realize). Yet many of these individuals are still happily married and some for decades. So get a life and stop judging others unless you want to be held to the same standard of accountability as those you cricize. Remember it doesn’t have to be about pregnancy it could be that you embezzeled, took paper/pens or what not from your employer, stole a candybar at age 5, flirted with someone’s spouse. Any number of things that are morally or ethically wrong. No matter the values you tried to instill in your family… you cannot control every action. Obviously, this father is proactive in the life of his unborn child. Granted it may be more challenging for teens to raise a child but it seems evident that these two have family support and more than likely will survive this bump in the road. So many times, as we all know, the media blows everything out of proportion for shock value to get ratings. If the media would pony up and become responsible journalists/citizens. Be truthful without putting a spin to the negative for some causes and a positive for others to push their own agendas. Wouldn’t it be a nicer world? Again, those of you who are throwing stones look at your own family’s history.

Jami September 5, 2008, 12:23 PM

Are you kidding me? Obviously you don’t get out much. For one thing how do you know that they did not use condoms or birth control. I know of many pregnancies while using many different forms of birth control. Birth control does not always work. I also know of many people that do not want to have kids that find out that they will soon become a parent. Most of them become very good parents. Blaming the kid’s mothers is just stupid. Parents can not be with their children all of the time. At some point you have to trust you kids and sometimes they will not make the best decisions, but it is how they handle the results of their stupid decisions that should define them. Bristol and Levi are trying to make the best of their bad choices. I think they should be incouraged not beat-down.

Carol  September 5, 2008, 12:44 PM


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