When Bristol Palin's pregnancy surfaced, liberals figured that her mother's conservative base would react with outrage. Instead it embraced her. Margaret Talbot examines teenage evangelical pregnancy in a must-read piece in The New Yorker. Unlike blue states, where premarital intercourse and contraception are tolerated but teenage pregnancy is stigmatized, "red states' generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant." Seventy-four percent of white evangelical adolescents do not believe in sex before marriage, and yet they are more sexually active than teenagers of all other religious groups except black Protestants.