And Baby Makes Two


The McCain-Palin campaign says it’s for change, and it certainly delivered change with its abrupt abandonment of the long-standing conservative view of teen pregnancy. For decades, religious conservatives in the Republican Party pointed to teen pregnancy as a troubling sign of moral decay. But when the McCain-Palin campaign announced that Governor Sarah Palin’s unmarried seventeen-year-old daughter was pregnant, the party’s operatives went into a huddle and emerged...

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About the Author

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture (Knopf), directs the Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values.

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