Over the weekend, I tried to do a weekend news blackout. Unfortunately, the first thing I get when I finally turn on the news is the Palin pregnancy issue.
A couple of thoughts.
1) If Palin's daughter had decided to have an abortion, no one would have known and all would have been A-OK. Right? Can you imagine the feminist outrage if the media had disclosed an abortion for someone exercising her "choice"? Why shouldn't the daughter have the same protection for having the baby?
Yet, because she decides to have a baby, she get to have the whole issue spread all over the media. Today, on Drudge, is a picture of the boyfriend.
2) Even if the Palin VP choice doesn't work for an election victory, I think the social lessons of the Palin will be profound. Basically, it sends the message to women that pregnancy, no matter how "inconvenient", doesn't have to be a liability for the mother. Why make a baby pay with death for one of life's "inconveniences".
3) A lot of people on the left are crucifying Palin for both of these pregancies. I believe many who will criticize don't like the mirror that Palin puts in front of them. For instance, how many women have had abortions knowing their child would have Down's Syndrome or when an unplanned pregancy would interupt a great career path, etc.
Seeing the Palin family forces people who have exercised their choice to deal with the consequences of that choice. Something many are not willing to do.
After all, misery loves company.