Palin Blocked Funds To Help Teenage Mothers

Since news broke that Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) 17-year old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant, it has been widely reported that both Palin and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) oppose comprehensive sex education.

Today, the Washington Post now reports that Palin has actually gone a step further and cut funding for programs to help teen mothers:

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Writing her initials on the legislation, Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House provides programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

A copy of Palin’s line-item veto:


On its website, Passage House describes itself as a place for young mothers “to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives.”

McCain has also supported the Family Support Act in 1988, “required teen mothers who receive public assistance to remain in high school and, in some cases, to live with their parents.” There’s no word yet on whether Bristol will still be attending school during her pregnancy.

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Covenant House has put out a statement disputing the Washington Post’s story.

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