Republicans Don't Get Sex: Meghan McCain

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 7, 2009 9:35 PM CDT
Meghan McCain arrives at Perez Hilton's 31st Birthday Party in West Hollywood, Calif., earlier this year.    (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Bristol Palin's campaign to preach birth control with a baby at home again proves what Meghan McCain has always known: Republicans don't "get" sex. "God forbid anyone talk realistically about life experiences and natural, sexual instincts. Nope, the answer is always abstinence," she writes in her Daily Beast column. She's "never understood" the party's resistance to discussing better access to birth control.

"As a Republican, I am pro-life. But using birth control and having an abortion are not the same," she writes. "If we can’t discuss birth control in addition to abstinence, kids will continue to make bad choices." The GOP, she writes, "continues to struggle with open communication about serious issues most people deal with rationally," which threatens to speed the party's "descent into irrelevance."