Everyone seems to be weighing in on Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy! Even Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee – a Baptist minister and the former governor of Arkansas – has shared his opinion.
“It’s a tragedy when a 16-year-old who is not really prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life is going to be now faced with all the responsibilities of honest-to-goodness adult life,” he told CBS News in Iowa.
“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,” Huckabee continued. “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,” he said. “I just hope that she will make another right decision and that’s to give that child all the love and kindness and care that she can.”
AND MORE OPINIONS!
Execs at Nickelodeon aren’t the only ones grappling with how to deal with Jamie Lynn Spears’ shocking teen pregnancy: So are teen magazine editors.
“I was considering her for an upcoming cover,” CosmoGIRL! Editor-in-Chief Susan Schulz told Usmagazine.com Friday. “But with this news, I’d have to rethink that.”
Though she praised Jamie Lynn, 16, for “taking responsibility,” Schulz added, “I don’t feel like I can put her on the cover right now because, as you can imagine, girls are disappointed in Jamie Lynn.”
Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen, tells Us “we would certainly consider” putting Jamie Lynn on the cover, but only after the Zoey 101 star “overcomes this moment” and goes on “to have a career our readers can look up to.
“Getting pregnant at 16 is not something we’re encouraging,” Shoket says.
Schulz says she doesn’t expect teen girls to follow in her footsteps.
“Girls aren’t going to go out and get pregnant because Jamie Lynn did, quite the opposite,” the CosmoGIRL! editor says. She said they’re probably thinking, “‘I’m so glad that’s not me.'”
Schulz said Jamie Lynn “appears to be very resolved in her decision, and regardless of whether girls agree with her actions or not, they see that she is doing what she personally feels is best despite the uproar over her news.”
AND EVEN MORE OPINIONS!
The outspoken Rosie O’Donnell shared that her 10-year-old daughter Chelsea asked about Jamie Lynn’s baby news.
Rosie, 45, recounted the conversation in response to a question from a fan who wrote to her blog asking her “as a celeb & a mom,” what Nickelodeon should do about Zoey 101.
Rosie says she talked to Chelsea about Britney Spears’s younger sister and, as described in Rosie’s blog-speak, “Here’s how it went,” she says.
“Mama u know the lady with the umbrella and no hair,” Chelsea said. “Her sister is a teenager and she is having twin babies.” (Actually, she only announced she was pregnant).
“And what do u think about that Chels?” asked Rosie.
“Teenagers can have babies?” her daughter asked.
“Yes they can, and it is never a good idea,” she responded.
“Y didn’t she take pills that make u not have a baby?”
O’Donnell’s response: “Hmmmmmm.”
I would much rather see a 16-year-old girl pregnant than a 50-year-old! Jamie Lynn should be commended for keeping her baby…that bis a very brave and heroic choice that she has made.