Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bristol and Levi Well Within Their Rights

'She is a teen, only a child.'
'Palin's daughter is only 16 years old.'
'No. She is 17 yrs old, but still only a child.'
'The girl is underage.'
'The boy is 18 years old with an under aged girl. He should be charged with statutory rape.'
'These children are being forced into a shotgun wedding.'

Those are the kinds of claims being made about Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of VP hopeful Gov. Sarah Palin, and Levi Johnston, the father and fiance. And most of the claims are not true. She is 17 yrs old, and he is 18 yrs old.

(Photo: Levi Johnston and his sister Mercedes)

Although, the National Age of Majority is 18 years, all 50 States have age of consent laws that vary between 16 and 18. Twenty-nine states have laws specifying 16 years old as the age of consensual sex. Seven say it's 17 years and 11 States say 18 years old is the legal limit. And we decry the rate of teen sex and childbirth. Sheesh!

Care to guess the Age of Consent in Alaska? It's 16. We don't have to guess at the ages of the couple in question, we already know. We also don't have to guess how old the fetus is - 5 months in August. That puts conception in the 3rd month, March.

The Daily News reported that Levi and Bristol were already engaged when teammate Jade Johnston, no relation, saw the pair together at a hockey game in January 2008.

So, let's review:

* Alaska age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16 years of age;
* Bristol Palin was 17 yrs old;
* Levi Johnston was 18 yrs old;
* the couple were already engaged to be married in January;
* she is 5 months pregnant with conception in or near March.

Laws broken: 0
Social mores violated: 0, maybe debatable due to religious leanings.
Babies dead from abortion: 0
Anything wrong or out of the ordinary for 21st Century America: 0

TIME magazine's Nathan Thornburgh wrote from Wasilla, AK, "...the details [of Bristol's pregnancy] I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't. It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that."

Move along. Nothing to see here.

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Anonymous said...

So what's holding up the wedding?

Also, the age of consent only applies to those under 18. If you're over 18, it isn't a matter of consent.

Believe me, 18 year old boys have gone to jail for having sex with 17 year old girls...you're not going to deny that are you. It's a matter of public record.

suek said...

Read the post, anonymous. In Alaska, the age of consent is 16. Bristol is SEVENTEEN. That's one year OLDER than 16. She was _not_ jail bait.


Indigo Red said...

Thank you! Suek, I've gone round and round with two liberal bozos and still they haven't read anything.

todd said...

The age of consent, give me a break! The libs in California voted that a 14 year old can have an abortion without parental consent! Yes, thats all we wanted, was to know that it happened. Given the mental after affects of abortion, especially on a 14 year old, marriage for a 17 year old should prove to be, well, normal.

Indigo Red said...

Exactly, Todd. With consent set at 18 yrs and a legal age for abortion at 14 how an dwhy should any of us be surprised that 750,000 teen girls become pregnant each year. What we should be surprised about is that the number is so low.