A little anti-choice paternalism to start your morning (as good as coffee!)

Jamie Lynn Spears must be so pleased that her decision to have a baby meets with the approval of a republican presidential hopeful that she’s (likely) never met.

“Apparently, she’s going to have the child, and I think that is the right decision, a good decision, and I respect that and appreciate it,” [Mike Huckabee] told CBS News.
“I hope it is not an encouragement to other 16-year-olds who think that is the best course of action. But at the same time I’m not going to condemn her…”

You know, unless she decided to have an abortion. Then I’d call her a sinning whore. I realize that Spears herself has made her pregnancy public (though given her celebrity it seems unlikely she had any other choice), but I don’t see how this means that random men she doesn’t know have the right to comment freely on her situation and its moral implications. Of course, antis like Huckabee think that it’s their right to judge all women and their reproductive decisions so I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked.
In a way, Spears has come to represent an anti-choicers dream–the universal American teen they can wax misogyist about. She’s a pretty white teen who is being “responsible” by keeping her baby. But she had premarital sex, which makes her ripe for chastising. And the anti-choicers swoon! (I wonder how giddy they’d be if it was a young woman of color who was in the spotlight….just saying.)
The point is, Spears is a person–difficult to fathom, I know–and perhaps people should treat her with a little dignity, rather than as a political argument.

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