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However as it turns out others were not similarly inclined. So now it's news, of a sort.
So here we go.
First off you should know that this is a rant about a program in Washington which mimics a HIGHLY successful program in Colorado that saw teen pregnancies drop by a whopping 42%.
However since this is Nancy French who is pro-everybody get should get pregnant advocate Sarah Palin's ghost typist, the facts were somewhat misrepresented. To put it mildly.
Do you remember what it was like to be a 10 year old? I remember being an unabashed tomboy concerned with playing outside and acing 5th grade.
But life isn’t so innocent and carefree for some 10 years old in Washington State. This summer a report came out claiming that some schools in Washington were giving free birth control implants to children as young as 10 years old! These birth control devices are implanted in a girl’s uterus, and all of this can be done without a parent’s consent!
So if that sounds wrong to you it's because of course it is.
French also goes on to make this claim:
It is crazy that the government is offering a controversial form of birth control that can have serious life-long side effects to 10-year-old CHILDREN, but then to do all of this behind a parent’s back is simply outrageous!
Now if anybody should recognize crazy it would be Nancy French, however facts are another issue altogether. As the folks over at Raw Story pointed out:
Palin’s anger was directed toward the Take Charge program, a state Medicaid initiative that provides birth control at no cost for adults without health insurance, as well as to underage girls. She did not mention that it is legal in Washington — as it is in 11 other states — for minors to obtain birth control without either parents’ consent or an exemption from a judge.
The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) also repeated the conservative claim that Take Charge was offering intra-uterine devices (IUDs) to 10-year-old girls, citing a report by the conservative site Judicial Watch making the same claim.
However, the report Palin cited did not offer any specific statistics showing that 10-year-olds were getting the devices. Instead, it noted that only four 11-year-olds received birth control from state officials between 2013 and earlier this year. By comparison, 2,336 girls between 16 and 17 years old — the same age Palin was during her first pregnancy — received IUDs during the same period.
Palin’s argument that IUDs can have “life-long side effects” was also debunked in 2012, when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that they were safe for use by teens.
So we have misrepresentation, followed by exaggeration, followed by faux outrage. Yep that is a SarahPAC funded screed if ever we've heard one.
This same story was also covered by Wonkette (Who had a field day with it.), the Inqusitr, Jezebel, and the Huffington Post.
A number of them also referenced Bristol's past "work" as an abstinence spokesperson, as well as the fact that she is currently knocked up again.
Ultimately it once again shows Bristol to be an ill informed hypocrite, who is lecturing the country about teen pregnancies and birth control while still living off the proceeds from her own famous teen pregnancy and avoidance of birth control.
And since I have not mentioned it for awhile let's all remember that Bristol chose to get pregnant with Tripp, he was NOT an accident, and that she may have had numerous un-publicized pregnancies in the years since.
Once again it is almost impossible to feel badly for Bristol (Especially if you know what I know about her.), however the fact that her mother continually opens her up to ridicule like this is a kind of hateful parental abuse that one does not see very often.
You might even begin to think that Sarah despises her oldest daughter.
Hmm, perhaps that is why we have not heard her brag about becoming a grandmother yet again?