Thursday, September 04, 2008

Interesting... And... Insulting?

“When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include…which should include abstinence education and teaching children…teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include - it should also include other, you know, information about contraception, because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” (Obama Speech - March, 2008)



emily said...

I think punished in this sense means "the consequence". I agree that it was poor choice of words but the point is that of course we all want to teach our kids to NOT have sex when they're too young. But chances are they will. And I'd much rather tell them how to stay NOT Pregnant than tell them just not to do it and then have the consequence be a baby. But agreed, bad word choice. Though some people DO view a baby as a punishment.

Mrs Pop said...

I don't know, I get what you're saying, but that particular speech had me conjuring images of his driving his daughters to the abortion clinic as if that's the only answer to an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy.

I'm pro-birth control. I'm just not pro-abortion as the be-all, end-all answer to bad choices.