Thank you for pushing my point:
After Bristol Palin criticized a public school program that provides free birth control to children without parental consent, many have taken the opportunity to attack her personal life in an attempt to silence her.
Some of the headlines from around the web show the media isn’t interested in engaging with Palin’s remarks and lodging informed arguments against them, but are intent on shutting her up.
Salon: Just Shut Up, Bristol Palin: You Are The Last Person Who Should Talk About Birth Control
Jezebel: Former Teen Mom Bristol Palin Is Very Upset That Washington Teens Can Get IUDs
Wonkette: Bristol Palin Outraged Other Girls Won’t Get Knocked Up In High School Like She DidAddicting Info: Jealous Bristol Palin Whines That 10-Year-Old Girls Are More Responsible Than She Is
The reaction to Palin’s remarks shows that many publications, especially those which tout themselves as progressive or open-minded, aren’t all that accepting of other perspectives. When it comes to sex, having an opinion that varies at all from the talking points of pro-abortion feminists will get stamped out by the media. If we really want a debate on the merits of schools providing contraceptives to children, perhaps we ought to let the parents of those children have a say.