Imagine you’re an unmarried 17 year old high school student who just found out you’re accidentally pregnant. Now imagine telling your mother. Kind of stressful, right? Now imagine that shortly after that talk, your mother goes on live television and tells EVERYONE, adding that you are definitely keeping the baby and definitely going to marry the father. Welcome to the world of Bristol Palin, daughter of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin.
While some have applauded Governor Palin for openly supporting her daughter’s pregnancy, others–including two former head editors of major teen magazines and the CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies–have questioned the wisdom behind Palin’s decision to put her teen daughter in the media spotlight.
Former YM Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller writes: "I bet that poor Bristol Palin probably doesn’t feel like she has the right to object to anything her mother and father are doing or saying right now. Like most teenage girls she is probably insecure and is blaming herself for her own predicament." Fuller adds that Bristol "has unwittingly and literally become the poster child for her mother