May 5th, 2009
01:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Group says Bristol Palin to promote teen pregnancy prevention

Last year, Gov. Palin revealed that her teen daughter, Bristol, was unmarried and pregnant just as the Republican National Convention was beginning.
Last year, Gov. Palin revealed that her teen daughter, Bristol, was unmarried and pregnant just as the Republican National Convention was beginning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will participate in a town hall meeting on Wednesday to help raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention, the Candie's Foundation announced Tuesday.

"I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie's Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention," Palin said in a statement released by the group. "I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy. If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment."

Palin, 18, gave birth to a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, in December.

The Candie's Foundation, whose mission it is to "educate teens about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy," tapped her to be the teen ambassador for its National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The group said she will participate in a town hall meeting at the Times Center in New York City Wednesday with actress Hayden Panettiere, baseball player Matt Garza, and other panelists.


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  1. Sharon Kitchen

    good for her.....as long as it is her idea and not her mom's .

    May 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Diana NJ

    Hopefully this girl was doing this on her own and is not being used.

    May 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Michael

    HA! "If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment." I think she ALREADY helped prevent thousands if not millions of kids NOT to follow her path.

    May 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. emily

    Ouch, basically saying that your child was a big mistake is not going be good for him in the future. Also, it really doens't seem like Bristol Palin is the right spokeswoman for this. Most of the "consequences" of teenage pregnancy are financial, because it hampers your ability to get an education and start a career. Bristol won't have those consequences because she has all of the financial resources and connections of her family, in addition to the fame she already has. So what are the "consequences" she is complaining of, just having to take care of her child?

    May 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Jean

    God bless you Bristol Palin.

    May 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Elle

    Come on. If they really want to get into the minds of teens, have teens who have AVOIDED getting pregnant talk to other teens. And what's Bristol gonna say? "It's so horrible getting pregnant as a teen... oh, but I also love my kid." Sending mixed messages!
    Really, do these organizations think before they act?

    May 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. spencer blair

    This is just too good to be true...how about some other promoters???

    David Duke for Racial Tolerance
    Xaviera Hollander (the Happy Hooker) for Abstinence
    Dick Chaney for Gun Safety
    Mohammed Atta for Safe Piloting
    The Taliban for Religous Tolerance

    oh, I give up. None are as good as Bristol Palin for Pregnancy Prevention.

    May 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. smokey

    Now you have got to be kidding me !!!...How the heck can she call herself a spokewoman for teen pregnacy prevention...does she think she is that unique, and that she is the only person to get pregnant w/o being married???? what is the world coming to...haven't we seen enough of the palins..they are becoming just as bad as the Bush's..They just don't know when to quit !!

    May 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. K Smith

    I know life is getting stranger all the time, but this lives in the realm of theTwilight Zone.

    Whether or not Bristol Palin thinks for herself, she certainly has the right to believe and do whatever she wants, within the limits of legality. Her right to freely exist in our country is guaranteed.

    But why share her story regarding any part of her life, as if it deserves telling to a wider audience? If you have a guy sitting on a bench in Central Park staring drunkenly into the ozone, why ask him what he is thinking...or what he plans to do next?

    I am not saying the girl is sitting on that bench. I am specifically saying why not just ignore this girl? There are more significant things happening elsewhere, and she does not deserve to be ridiculed any more than she deserves to be quoted.

    May 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. emily

    FreeNLovIt –
    I'm confused. Are you saying that sex can only happen after 7PM, or that sex only causes pregnancy after 7PM? :)
    I think, if your teenage children want to have sex, they will do it when you are not around, no matter what time of day it is.

    May 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Brian

    Not sure why the media is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo determined to make a superstar out of this confused teenager. Hey CNN , a slow day today?

    May 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Nadine

    Goes to show the Palin's have no shame and will do and go beyond any limits to be in the media spotlight. Bristol Palin no better than many poverish unmarried teens got caught with her belly swelled. This is nothing more than hypocrisy, double standards, and a slap in the face to the unwed teens who fell into sin just like Bristol and been ignored to have the chance for redemption. But this is nothing more than a public redemption for Bristol Palin. Give the platform to poverty teens who can tell the REAL story.

    May 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Hasn't the mantra of the GOP been "do as I say, not as I do" for the last 8 years or so. How is this a surprise to anyone.

    The Palin's have no shame.

    May 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Nonnie

    Hello pot have you met the kettle?

    Man nice example! Mom is really pushing her family into the gottcha media!

    May 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Sleepless in MI

    Is she gonna tell that truth? That abstinence education doesn't work?? No child could've gotten more education in abstinence than Bristol Palin, and we know how that turned out. Saying "Don't do it!" is too enticing.

    May 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. DeeTee

    Bristol and Levi need to get off the talk show and public speaking circuit for a few years and concentrate on furthering their formal education and getting good jobs so they can take care of baby Tripp. I don't know if prancing around the country is the thing for them to be doing right now.

    May 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. FATHER'S HAVE RIGHTS

    Wow, Sarah will remain in the spot light using every tool possible even throwing her children out there like she did on the campaign. Hope the Palin's also comment that Levi as the father of this child has rights especially since the Governor also threw him in the public eye as the Fiance of her 17 year old daughter.

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. John Allen

    A teen preganant to promote "teen pregancy prevention...", Here is news falsh... how about start with yourself.... It sounds to me like:
    * A theif to promote NO ROBBERY
    * A drug dealer to promote NO DRUGS
    * A liar to promote DON'T LIE

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Bevina

    It is interesting that a perosn dont make the NEWS for being sought after for doing something outstanding. Would this Organization have chosen an unknown teen from the projects? What credibility does Bristol have; her Mother Sarah Palin. What a laugh.

    May 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. jsilver2th

    Oh the old "Do as I say" not "Do as I do."

    Perfect for right-wing Christians...

    May 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    I think it is terrific. It is really brave and good of her to help others to take personal responsibility. This is one message at least that democrats and republicans can agree upon and both can support Bristol in her effort.

    May 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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