Every liberal in America seems ready to have a “teachable moment” re Bristol Palin. See, they crow, abstinence my foot!
The notion that we can draw any large conclusions about public policy from a single instance is just too absurd to credit. Suppose it turns out (and God willing these details will never be sought or publicized) that Bristol and Levi used a condom and it failed? Where does that leave the liberal argument? Or suppose they were taught very thoroughly (as may be the case in the Alaska schools) about how to use birth control and simply disregarded all that teaching? Does that prove anything about public policy?
Moreover, (I feel a column coming on) there are many reasons to discourage teenagers from having sex beyond avoiding pregnancy.