Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Palin cut funds this year for teen moms

From the Washington Post web-site:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee..., earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation -- "SP" -- Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent...Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.
It looks like when it comes to supporting teen parents, the self-declared "hockey mom," just doesn't give a puck.
Earlier today the Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, opposed funding to prevent teen pregnancies, a position that Palin also took as governor. "The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.
So, no "straight talk" for teenagers, at least about the birds and the bees.