Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Palin slashed funding for teen mothers

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in her line-item veto changes by hand in this copy of a 2008 spending bill obtained by The Washington Post.

I'm just submitting this Washington Post news story without much comment, except to say that Palin opposes abortion in all cases, and is a prominent member of Feminists For Life. Feminists For Life is a fundamentalist group that opposes abortion and birth control, and is considered the most extreme anti-choice and anti-contraceptive groups. So it is rather interesting that the Washington Post that Palin used her line-item veto this year to slash funding for a state program providing housing for teen mothers:

ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, 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, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

According to Passage House's web site, its purpose is to provide "young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."

Palin's own daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant and has plans to wed.

Does this mean that Sarah Palin is a "compassionate conservative?"

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