You’d think that someone who had her first child as a teenager and then managed to get pregnant again by someone else out of wedlock would be a staunch supporter of birth control. But Bristol Palin never ceases to amaze the public with her ill-advised blog of buffoonery, where lessons are rarely learned.
In her latest nonsensical rant, Palin targets the contraception policy in Washington state, which gives all girls free access to long term reversible birth control like IUDs. Since Washington and 25 other states don’t require parental consent in the matter, Palin is outraged that girls between the ages of 10 to 20 can get an IUD without their parents knowing.
“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,” Palin wrote. “But life isn’t so innocent and carefree for some 10 years old in Washington State.”
Bristol Palin everyone! The expert on childhood innocence!
Did she forget that she got knocked up as a teen and birth control could’ve easily prevented that from happening? It was laughable when the Candies Foundation paid her a whopping $262,000 to wag her finger at teens and give speeches about abstinence, especially after she had her first child as a kid out of wedlock.
Not only did Candies waste its money on someone who clearly wasn’t practicing what she was preaching, they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove their own mission statement was faulty. Abstinence-only education is a joke.
Palin continued with her dismay at the possibility that young girls might have the nerve to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies:
“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!”
Of course, Palin has no idea what she’s talking about. Research shows IUDs are just as safe for teenagers to use as they are for adults, and studies haven’t found any impact on long-term fertility. The reason the devices are being emphasized by medical professionals is because they have a lower failure rate than other forms of birth control. For instance, IUDs have a failure rate of one percent, while oral birth control and condoms have a failure rate of 9 and 18 percent respectively.
Parental consent serves as a deterrent for teens seeking birth control, which is why more than half the states in the country don’t require it. When one considers that the U.S. spends $11 billion a year on unintended pregnancies, it’s easy to understand how important it is to equip young people with the tools necessary to protect their futures.
Washington State’s birth control program has been extremely successful, with the teen birthrate declining by 40 percent between 2009 and 2013. And for all the conservatives that lose their mind over the topic of abortion, the easy access to birth control in Washington led to a 42 percent decline in teen abortions.
Unfortunately, the Palins seem to be allergic to facts and overwhelmed with conservative emotions that make no sense. But as my colleague John Iadarola cleverly said, if she had access to birth control as a teen, she would’ve never made hundreds of thousands of dollars as an abstinence-only speaker. That’s the perverse world we live in.