You all know what I think of the Miss America / Miss Universe pageants. I think that they glorify the wrong things– focusing on externals when they should be looking at internals. I think that women that compete in them can come from good backgrounds, but it’s hard to tell whether they are honest about what they believe. On the whole, they are probably sweet ladies with misplaced thoughts about the whole thing, but whether it’s their new found fame or just the culture in general, they are impacted in harmful ways by the attention on their bodies.
All that said, it is nice to be able to point to a lady who (despite doing the wrong thing) chooses to do the right thing. Ashley Harder is pregnant— something specifically against the rules of the Miss USA pageant (though one wonders how much longer it will be the case). She has stepped down as Miss New Jersey. But, unlike the other women we pointed out, Donald Trump isn’t coming out in her defense, and it’s not as scandalous since our culture sees plenty of unwed mothers.
What deserves note is something that Maggie Gallagher points out, that this woman could have chosen to continue on for her crown if she had an abortion. Yes, this woman chose the life of her unborn child rather than pursue the fame and fortune that was in front of her. For this, she ought to be commended.
You see, she didn’t have the cameras taping her tears as she hugs Mr. Trump and checks herself into rehab, but she made some calls, relinquished her crown, and will go and have her baby (and hopefully get married!)
As far as being an unwed mom, bad example. But in choosing life over glory– she should be commended.