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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sarah Palin Slashed Funding For Teen Pregnancy Programs

Washington Post:

ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation — “SP” — Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers. Read on…

So Mrs. Palin throws her full support behind her own pregnant, unwed teen daughter, but it’s tough sh*t for all the other girls? It’s bad enough that by bringing her out and center, Palin’s daughter is now the poster child for the failures of abstinence only “education,” but to now find that with the stroke of a pen she made things tougher on pregnant teens to get the services they need really takes the cake. That’s just the kind of compassionate conservatism that America could do without.

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