CNN Reveals Anti-Abstinence Bias in Report on Palin's Daughter
CNN correspondent Kyra Phillips used a report on the "hometown reaction" to the news of Sarah Palin's pregnant teenaged daughter during today's "American Morning" to highlight the need for sex-education in schools. Phillips noted, "But to some, the 17-year-old's pregnancy is a political issue. Her mother supports strong family values and teaching abstinence, but not sex education in schools. Abortion rights activists say they won't comment on
After a positive sound bite from Barack Obama and another from a Republican Alaskan state senator, Phillips allowed the anti-abstinence bias to shine through.
When asked by Phillips, "why not support abstinence-only?" Geran Tarr of the
The transcript of the segment that aired at 6:18 AM appears below:
KIRAN CHETRY: Well, personal news blending with presidential politics. Senator John McCain's running mate announcing that her teenage daughter is pregnant. Sarah Palin says that her daughter has their family's unconditional love and support in her decision to keep the baby and marry the father. The Obama camp says the matter is off the table as a campaign issue. CNN's Kyra Phillips is in
KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John and Kiran, we were sent here to investigate the background of Governor Sarah Palin. And I can tell you in less than a day on the ground, politics turned personal. 17-year-old
The father's name is Levi and they intend to marry. The parents issued this statement. "We're proud of
FRED DYSON (R), ALASKA STATE SENATE: She's a human being like everybody else and it certainly doesn't mean that your kids are. To me it makes them more human. And my guess is that's how the public is going to react.
PHILLIPS: Aides to Senator John McCain say he was aware of
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I said before and I will repeat again, I think people's families are off limits. And people's children are especially off limits.
PHILLIPS: But to some, the 17-year-old's pregnancy is a political issue. Her mother supports strong family values and teaching abstinence, but not sex education in schools. Abortion rights activists say they won't comment on
GERAN TARR, ALLIANCE FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: Even in the best of circumstances with the best family and a loving family where they've probably had the conversation that this type of thing can happen unexpectedly.
PHILLIPS: Why not support abstinence only?
TARR: It doesn't educate teenagers about how to prevent STD transmission.
PHILLIPS: According to
DYSON: She's a very capable person and very bright and tough, and without being abrasive. And I don't know whether she can do it or not. Time will tell.
PHILLIPS: Now the unknown. Will the revelation of
ROBERTS: Kyra Phillips reporting for us this morning from