Grandma Sarah May Want to Rethink Her Position on Sex Education


Track Palin gets far less attention than his now famous sister Bristol, his nephew Tripp, and even his little brother Trigg who was born just five months before the family was thrust into the national political spotlight.  Even I, who seems to write about this family every week, pretty much forgot about him.  I even missed the announcement in May that he had married his high school sweetheart Britta Hanson in a small, family-only ceremony on an Alaskan ski-slope. 

Last week, Track made headlines again when it was reported that his new wife is expecting and seems to be rather far along.  Though the couple has only been married for two months, pictures of her on Facebook show her very pregnant and surrounded by what appear to be baby shower gifts (something most moms-to-be don’t get until somewhere around month eight). Gossip headlines screamed shotgun wedding but that doesn’t seem exactly fair.

First of all, they’re adults; Track, 22, was on active duty in Iraq for a year and is currently an Army reservist and commercial fisherman in Alaska, Britta, 21, is a nursing student at the University of Alaska. And, from all accounts they’re in a stable, long-term relationship that spans most of their lives. So, it does not surprise me that they had sex before they got married (in fact, it would surprise me if they hadn’t). The fact that she probably got pregnant before they got married does, however, suggest that the pregnancy was unplanned and once again makes one question the Palin family’s views on abstinence education.

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin advocated for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.  During her 2006 bid for the job, she assured the Eagle Forum that she would support “just say no programs:”

Q: Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

And his sister has made hundreds of thousands of dollars as an abstinence speaker. As a spokesperson for the Candies Foundation Bristol Palin said on Good Morning America: “abstinence is the only way that you can effectively, 100%, fool proof way to prevent pregnancy.”  She then clarified: “I’m saying that there is one way to prevent it and that’s not having sex.”

Not having sex is one way to prevent pregnancy but it is not the only way.  Maybe if Bristol and her brother had learned more about other methods of contraception – condoms, birth control pills, injectables, IUD, you name it – Sarah would not be grandmother twice over at 47.  And, maybe, it’s time for the family to rethink its stance on sex education – after all, they have three more children at home.  

Like this story? Your $10 tax-deductible contribution helps support our research, reporting, and analysis.

Follow Martha Kempner on Twitter: @MarthaKempner

To schedule an interview with Martha Kempner please contact Communications Director Rachel Perrone at rachel@rhrealitycheck.org.

  • equalist

    This might not be the situation, but from what the article seems to say, if he was overseas for a year before the wedding, and she appears to be around 8 months along, either he’s got some kind of hybernating sperm or she’s got some explaining to do.

  • dregstudios

    What a model American family!  Everything that comes out of their mouths is scripted and paid for by your tax dollars.  We don’t need the White House as reality television.  Please let her hang up any hopes of running and just keep selling her image- the way her family is, she needs to be on the cover of Hustler, not Newsweek.  See just how nasty Sarah will get for the money at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/06/ecstasy-of-sarah-palin_15.html

  • kmacqua

    Track was deployed Sept. ’08-09.

     

  • crowepps

    He’s been in State attending the University of Alaska all this last winter.  They got married in May, 2011.  If she is NINE months pregnant now he still would have been here because college starts in September.

     

    Look, I understand the temptation to snicker, but he wasn’t even AROUND for most of his mother’s circus; he enlisted after 9/11 and was already in Iraq when Sarah got sucked into the McCain campaign.  Give the kid a break out of respect for his service. 

  • equalist

    That answers the questions then.  Thanks! :D

  • drfun

    Bristol and now Track Palin did just as their mother; engaged in pre-martial sex resulting in pregnancy. And where did the 3 Palin’s get their inspiration from?

     

    Why Sarah’s mentor, the wife and political party swapping Ronald Reagan who married a 3 month pregnant Nancy after engaging in pre-martial sex. “Extreme Mental Cruelty” is what Reagan’s first wife accused him of upon hearing this news. That all debt-slave American citizen’s can utter this phrase now too. Which now can also be said whenever a Palin makes national headlines.