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Sarah Palin's family values - pure or ploy?

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Do teenagers have the proper parenting skills?Since the news broke that her 17-year-old, unmarried daughter is pregnant, people have been buzzing about vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's stance on family and fatherhood.

The Alaskan governor was quick to head off possible conservative concerns by letting people know that her daughter, Bristol, was going to marry her 18-year-old boyfriend, Levi Johnston, and have the child. Many right-wing voters who are also pro-life breathed a sigh of relief.

However, some pundits were quick to point out that Levi himself seems to scarcely be involved in this decision to tie the knot and accept teenage fatherhood. Is this young man's situation - and that of his girlfriend - simply being used as a political ploy?

What we do know about Levi's thoughts and dreams is that prior to being known as "Bristol's baby daddy," he was simply a hockey player and a self-described redneck who enjoyed hanging out with his friends. But fatherhood? He even stated on his MySpace profile (now deleted) that he did not want kids.

Even the Palin family themselves admitted that the teenage couple "are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child" and will have their parents' support.

But is this a heart-warming scene of a family making the right choices or a reminder of other young mothers and fathers who do not have the same support within their reach?

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