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Political Parenting

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Republicans must love this!  Rep. Linda Sanchez is set to become the first-ever “unwed mom” to serve in Congress (and the eighth woman to give birth while in office). And the California Democrat is more than proud to hold that title.

In fact, while she and her boyfriend are “unofficially engaged,” (aside: can someone tell us what that means?) Sanchez has made it clear that she won’t be rushed into a wedding just to please voters or her fellow politicians.  After all, she wants the big white wedding, which takes time to plan.  And she’s a little busy right now preparing for baby and working in Congress!

Oh, and don’t even think about comparing her to Bristol Palin.  "I'm not a high school kid, it wasn't an accident, I'm financially stable, in a committed relationship,” she told the Washington Post. “All the reasons for worrying about bringing a child into the world don't exist here.”  She’s due in May.

We think it’s great that Sanchez is fulfilling her dream of becoming a mom—and not worrying what any naysayers might think.  But what do you think?

Posted: 11/24/08
LauraLee311

Kudos to Sanchez for living her life on her own terms! She is proof that staying true to yourself and your beliefs does pay off. I’m proud to have her as a representative of my home state!

Awakening

I think it is great that she has the ability to do all of this and she has made the decision to wait until she is ready to get married; not what society dictates.

marah2448

Correction to statement: The 21st century has accepted that it is okay.

marah2448

I think it is great to have a single mom in the political office. The single mom being unwed should not affect her position in office. The 21st century has not accepted that it is okay to be unwed. I belief, I think you should be married before having a child. But no one is perfect, God forgive everyone. Above all the woman has brought a wonderful blessing into this world. I say you Go girl. I am not a mom but I am proud of her for pursuing her dreams as a single mom.

carolineshannon

I am a firm believer that there is not a "right" way to live life. No one ever said that the pattern had to be graduate from high school, go to college, get a job, fall in love, stay abstinent, get married, have a child ... It's an idealistic way of viewing things and really quite ho-hum.

I am not dismissing what some people hold as very strong religious beliefs. What I am saying is that I am glad that works for you, but here is what works for Rep. Linda Sanchez.

It doesn't make her a bad person; just one that chose to live her life her way. I say go for it! We need strong women to help run our country.