A regular Fox News commentator on Sunday said that teen pregnancies should be “celebrated,” and pointed to President Barack Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood and the alleged horrific crimes of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell as part of “what’s wrong with our culture.”
Fortune magazine’s Nina Easton told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the Obama administration was in a “tough spot” after a federal judge ruled that women of all ages should have access to emergency contraception like the Plan B morning-after pill, even though the Food and Drug Administration had previously tried to limit access for girls younger than 15.
“I do 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, although I also understand a need for parents to be involved,” Easton explained. “One of the things out of all of this news, including the president’s speech to Planned Parenthood and this Gosnell case of murdering babies, is we’re looking at a culture that produces 1.2 million abortions a year. We’re losing sight of that fact.”
“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,” she opined. “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 are delivering a healthy newborn to a loving family.”
“What’s wrong with our culture that that’s where we are today?”
Think Progress’ Aviva Shen observed on Sunday that Easton had “offered up Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood and the Gosnell trial as evidence of how young women who choose to carry babies to term for adoption are being stigmatized.”
“Easton glosses over the difficulty involved in maintaining a normal life for 9 months as a pregnant teenager,” Shen wrote. “Moreover, birthmothers under 17 are more likely to change their minds about the adoption and keep the baby, making them vulnerable to dropping out of high school and a permanent cycle of poverty that entraps the majority of teen moms.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 5, 2013.