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Palin and Contraception

5:22 PM, Sep 1, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Barack Obama told the media to "back off" the story that Sarah Palin's 17 year-old daughter is pregnant, but left-wing bloggers can't resist the temptation to sink their fangs into Gov. Palin because she opposed spending tax dollars on "explicit sex-ed programs".

"Palin family sticks with anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-single motherhood principles and arranges shotgun wedding for Sarah and Todd Palin's 17 year-old daughter," writes Matthew Yglesias of the Center for American Progress. The problem with that statement, aside from the venom, is that it's not entirely true, according to the Anchorage Daily News:

In 2002, when she was running for lieutenant governor, Palin sent an e-mail to the anti-abortion Alaska Right to Life Board saying she was as "pro-life as any candidate can be" and has "adamantly supported our cause since I first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion."

Palin said last month that no woman should have to choose between her career, education and her child. She is pro-contraception and said she's a member of a pro-woman but anti-abortion group called Feminists for Life.

"I believe in the strength and the power of women, and the potential of every human life," she said.

So much for Palin being "anti-contraception"--unless of course you define "anti-contraception" as opposing handing out condoms to middle school children in public schools.