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Governor Palin – Pregnant before marriage or not?!


FOX News’ Alan Colmes reports on this same issue, and notes that Sarah Palin’s son was born on April 20, 1989.  The Palins eloped and were married on August 29, 1988.

Now a word from religious right leader James Dobson:

“[O]ur conviction is that birth and adoption are the purview of married heterosexual couples. Traditional marriage is God’s design for the family and is rooted in biblical truth. When that divine plan is implemented, children have the best opportunity to thrive. That’s why public policy as it relates to families must be based not solely on the desires of adults but rather on the needs of children and what is best for society at large.” – James Dobson of Focus on the Family, TIME, December 2006

Joe and I discussed this post before writing it. We weren’t even sure we were comfortable posting this because, as Democrats and progressives, we don’t pass judgment on children born out of wedlock, or their parents. Every child is a gift, and we don’t believe it’s the government’s, or anyone else’s, business what you do in your own bedroom.

But the conservative base of the Republican party, the very base that McCain’s VP choice, Sarah Palin, was chosen to woo, does care about legislating your sex life. Though it was 20 years ago, who can forget the infamous Murphy Brown controversy, when then Republican VP Dan Quayle criticized a fictional TV character, Murphy Brown, for having a child out of wedlock. For conservative Christians, aka “values voters,” getting pregnant while not married is still severely frowned upon. Remember, it was only 18 months ago that religious right leader James Dobson famously, and publicly, criticized vice presidential daughter Mary Cheney in a column in TIME magazine for having a child out of wedlock. It is exactly Dobson who McCain is wooing with the choice of Palin.

As Joe notes in his post below, pregnancy and birth control – and overall sexual mores – are key issues for conservative voters, and for the Republican party leadership. It is therefore newsworthy, and a legitimate issue, while admittedly somewhat uncomfortable, to inquire as to the practice of those very same issues in Sarah Palin’s own life. Let me walk you through the issue:

1. Sarah Palin’s first son, Track Palin, was born in April 1989 (we don’t have the exact day). Actually now we do, courtesy of FOX News’ Alan Colmes. He was born on April 20. For the purposes of this analysis, we will give Sarah Palin the benefit of the doubt and assume that her son was born on April 30, 1989, the longest possible April date from her marriage.

2. Sarah Palin was married on August 29, 1988. She eloped.

3. 38 weeks is the typical human pregnancy.

4. 38 weeks before her son’s birthday, April 20, 1989, is July 28, 1988 – i.e., that would be the hypothetical day of conception.

5. If this data is correct, that would mean that Sarah Palin eloped four weeks after her son’s conception.

6. Sarah Palin’s son could still be legitimate if he was born four weeks premature, AND if he was conceived on the night his parents eloped.

Again, Joe and I aren’t very comfortable discussing these kind of issues because, honestly, we don’t care when Sarah Palin’s son was conceived. But Sarah Palin and John McCain and James Dobson care very much about the conception of your children. James Dobson, the very man McCain is wooing, himself decided that Mary Cheney’s out of wedlock conception was worthy of an entire commentary in TIME magazine only 18 months ago. It is at least fair to ask that Sarah Palin meet the James Dobson/Mary Cheney standard, and clarify for James Dobson and values voters everywhere whether her actions match her words.


6 Responses to “Governor Palin – Pregnant before marriage or not?!”

  1. Just more hypocracy about sex on the right. Republican senators soliciting gay sex in airport restrooms and high priced callgirls; megachurch preachers patronizing gay prostitutes; a congressman hitting on interns. Same old, same old.

  2. First: if you are uncomfortable discussing then why do so?

    Second: Who cares if she was four weeks or not. I’m sure we have all made mistakes when we were young and dumb. Moral values (christian or not) frown on telling lies, does that mean that you never do it. No! You make mistakes, everyone does. Just because you are running for an office does not mean that you should have been perfect throughout your entire life. I don’t think anyone would want a president or VP that had never made a mistake.

    Third: Dobson was not doing and entire statement on an out of wedlock, it was targeted toward his views about homosexuality.

  3. Hey, give the Palin women a break. Ever try to endure those long, cold Alaskan nights? So what if you occasionlly slip up and someone gets pregnant after skipping sex education class? It’s America, right? Home of the free and the frisky. As for Mama Palin, who herself was knocked up before marriage, who’s to say she has to do as she says do? It’s all about getting votes, right? And keeping the dumb and the naive as dumb and naive as possible. Sure, Sarah Palin really, really believes the stuff she wants to impose on all of us. Sure she is a fine example of responsible, effective parenting. Sure her Religious Right supporters place Bible and country before politics and winning. Sur-rrrrrrrrre they do.
    Let’s face it, the biggest contribution Sarah Palin has made to American politics is that she has throughly exposed the hypocrisy of the Right Wing and the cynicism that fuels those “cultural issues” the Republicans always launch when their power is threatened.
    If the American people fall for this crap AGAIN, they deserve John McSame and the misery his presidency would bring.

  4. Isn’t April 20th Adolf Hiltler’s birthday?

  5. Thank you for addressing this question in a thoughtful and respectful manner. I completely agree that this is a fair question to ask of Palin and the Right.

  6. According to “Science Blog” “The most common length of pregnancy in the United States is now 39 weeks, a week shorter than the traditional definition of a full-term pregnancy. This shift occurred between 1992 and 2002, according to a new analysis by the March of Dimes published this month in a special supplement of the journal Seminars in Perinatology.” This makes it even more likely Sarah Palen was pregnant when she married. She was perhaps 5-6 weeks along.

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