In a Facebook message to her followers, Sarah Palin wrote today that Women’s Rights groups, such as NOW ”call out advertisers and networks for airing sexist and demeaning portrayals of women that lead to young women’s diminished self-esteem and acceptance of roles as mere sexed-up objects”.
However, she is criticizing their protest of CBS airing a pro-life ad for the upcoming Super Bowl game. It apparently will feature Mrs. Tebow, mother of Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow talking about her decision to give Tim life despite ‘‘less than ideal circumstances”. Sarah supports the commercial as it praises the ”sanctity of life and the beautiful potential within every innocent child”.
Sarah says that NOW is looking at pro-life backwards because ”women should be reminded that they are strong enough and smart enough to make decisions that allow for career and educational opportunities while still giving their babies a chance at life.”
She also goes onto say that pro-abortion rights group disagreed with her daughter Bristol’s decision to have her baby and her recent abstinence message.
To be honest, Bristol was 17 years old when she had her child. She has no education other than a high school diploma, which in this day and age is not enough to survive in the real world nor do we think she will have the time for a career or education in the near future.
Maybe the pro-abortion groups were looking at the fact that there are statistically poorer ”life outcomes” for children born to teenage moms. We have to say that we agree with NOW in that it seems ridiculous CBS is allowing an ad with a controversial subject matter during a time in which all Americans will be watching.
True, pro-life is as much a choice as abortion but whether you keep a child or not is not the issue.
It’s about being realistic. The highest teenage pregnancy rates are in the US and UK. Who can live in a Sarah Palin-painted world? Bristol is lucky to have had a mother like her but getting pregnant as a teen shouldn’t be something young women strive for. We wouldn’t imagine many want to either. Also, sometimes there isn’t anyone else.
Women can come through as powerful and independent having raised a child on their own as a teen but it is rare and difficult to do.