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Gayle in MD
09-04-2008, 07:30 AM
<span style="color: #000066">Can you believe it! The Republicans are launching a campaign to keep Sara's family off limits, but it's unrealistic, and not unfair to take a look at her views, given that her views are political, and she is giving us the full picture of the results of them as she stands on that stage running for a political office, trying to use those results politically.

Come to find out, the only media person who is condemning her decision to run, (much as Republicans try to balme it all on the Obama campaign, another lie) is one of their own RR pundits, Dr. Laura! LOL. The famous Dr. Laura, has been out there saying that Sara Palin's decision to run for the VP office, given her four (five?) young children, and a special needs baby, is a selfish decision, and not a good one. I haven't found her exact statements on this, but in the meantime, here are some of the views of a sexologist on Sara's unrealistic views on sex education for teens. </span>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Dr. Logan Levkoff:

Where oh where to begin? For a sexologist and sexuality educator, the news about Governor Sarah Palin's nomination and the subsequent information that has come to light about her family is simultaneously a nightmare and a dream come true. Between her pro-life, anti-sex ed, pro-gun, anti-gay marriage, pro-creationism beliefs and her teen daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy, there is plenty of material to address.

First things first. Full disclosure: I am pro-comprehensive sexuality education, pro-choice (I believe that individuals are entitled to make their choices when it comes to their bodies), pro-same sex marriage, and I firmly believe that religion has no place in public education. And quite frankly, the nomination of Sarah Palin excites me as an Obama supporter, but scares the crap out of me as a woman.

When I was sixteen, two years before I had sex for the first time, I carried a loose-leaf with the words, "Support Vaginal Pride," plastered across the front. I had picked the sticker up at a choice rally sometime in 1992. I have always been pro-choice in theory, but until I became pregnant with my son, I didn't have any idea how pro-choice I really was. While I love my son, pregnancy was excruciating for me. I was depressed, throwing up daily for twenty weeks, uncomfortable, my body felt like it didn't belong to me, and I had tried to get pregnant! I couldn't imagine having to go through this (let alone raising a child in the end) if I wasn't ready physically let alone emotionally. While pregnancy was right for me at a certain point in my life, it definitely isn't right for everyone, especially a teenager.
<span style="color: #000066">I might add here, imagine a child who has been the victim of sexual abuse, or a woman who has been raped. Any Woman who would take the stand of Sara Palin, cannot possibly se seen as an advocate of even compassion, or sensitivity on bahalf of victims of sexual abuse. </span>

Going through with a pregnancy - whether it is a fetus with special needs or not - does not make a woman a hero. It does not make her brave. What is brave is being honest with yourself and determining whether or not you are capable of bringing another life into this world and unconditionally taking care of it. It is equally brave and honest to admit that you cannot care for a baby, and thus, decide to terminate. Palin isn't a martyr. Let's be sure that we don't place her on a pedestal for her actions. She made her decision and many other women make theirs. I am a supporter of all choices and Palin is no better than anyone else.

Yet from a sexually political perspective, Palin is terrifying. Sarah Palin is anti-choice across the board. She doesn't believe in abortions for girls and women who are victims of incest or rape.

As for Bristol Palin, the Governor's pregnant 17-year-old, she has followed in the footsteps of many girls this year, becoming yet another statistic of teen pregnancy. I don't know when it became in vogue for young girls to forgo protection, get knocked up and refuse to consider the option of termination, but clearly our policies about reproductive health services and sexuality education (specifically the abstinence-only movement) have done a great disservice to our youth. Quite frankly this incident underscores the fact that Governor Palin's adherence to abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education is a waste of time and money.

Let's try to remember that those of us who support a woman's right to choose aren't suggesting that all women run out and terminate pregnancies. We believe that every woman has the right to make her own decision; for some that means termination, for others it means continuing the pregnancy. In the end, who am I (and who are all these politicians?) to suggest that women can't do that? What was right for Palin (and questionably her daughter) is definitely not right for all.

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<span style="color: #000066">Men in black robes, and out of black robes, have no business trying to dictate to women what they may and may not do with their own bodies, neither does the nutty religious right wing nuts in this country! It's none of their business.

Sara's tragic decision to fail to take every precaution against pregnancy at her age, with all it's possible implications for the fetus, should not be a cause for painting her as a hero because she didn't have a abortion, but the correct description for her failure to use reliable birth control methods, which are 99% effective, and in some cases 100% effective, speaks to a recklessness which apparently matches her opinions on sex education, also.

This Republican switcheroo of exploiting her carelessness, and painting it as heroism, trying to take the obvious political implications off the table, will not fly with most Americans, much as her Republican base will see it in a totally different light.

Had she not been out there in our collective femanin faces, trying to work against women's rights, and protective educational sex ed for teens in our schools, then the women in this country would be much more likely to muster some compassion for what we see on that stage.

She has every right to make her own decisions, and make her own mistakes, but no right at all to seek to force her personal decision upon all other women, or to push sex ed off the table for everyone's children at a time when STD's are running rampant in this country. She also has no right to determine which books may or may not be read in Alaska's public libraries. Sara embodies everything that ppeople who value their liberty abhor.</span>