May 6th, 2009
10:56 AM ET
5 years ago

'Learn from my example,' says Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston were thrust into the national spotlight last September when Gov. Sarah Palin revealed that the unmarried teens were expecting a baby.
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston were thrust into the national spotlight last September when Gov. Sarah Palin revealed that the unmarried teens were expecting a baby.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Teen mom Bristol Palin had a simple message for teens on Wednesday, the 8th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

The daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – the 2008 vice presidential nominee – said in an interview on NBC's Today Show that she wanted other teens to "learn from my example."

"If you're going to have sex, I think you should have safe sex," the unwed, teenage mother said as she held her infant son, Tripp. "And, regardless of what I did or anything like that, I think that abstinence is the only 100 percent foolproof way of preventing teen pregnancy."

Her father, Todd, acknowledged that his daughter was negotiating difficult territory as she holds herself out as an increasingly public advocate for the cause of preventing teen pregnancy.

"It's kind of a fine line that we're definitely walking on," he said when asked whether the governor's daughter could both advocate for teens to abstain and encourage practicing safe sex.

The young mother did have one topic she was not willing to discuss in detail – her increasingly strained relationship with Levi Johnston, Tripp's father.

"I'm honestly not here to talk about my personal life," Palin told Lauer, adding that Johnston was involved in raising their son.

"They're working out a schedule," Todd Palin said of the young parents' arrangements. "I know that both of them will love and care for their son together."

In a recent interview with CNN's Larry King, Johnston and his family said they were considering legal action to protect his parental rights.


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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Carlos

    How in the world this girl is going around talking about this, is like having Bin Ladin in the U.N. talking about how to stop teror in the world...

    May 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Grax

    All the Palins have found a pot of gold airing their life and dirty laundry. No matter that Bristol got caught being sexually active resulting in a pregnancy but that she is crusading abstinence and making money. I for one wouldn't allow my child to listen to this misguided girl, she does not have the values to speak out, she made a mistake but she is not a example to preach. Momma Palin has put this spoiled daughter up on a pedestal like she is the second coming and all is forgiven because she had a baby. All these Christian label grabbing woman making headlines over poor judgment and wanting us to overlook their behavior, does it help clear their conscience with God? I for one am sick of their Christian crutch, it wasn't her religion that got her pregnant or made them sexually active, stop with the I'm a good girl who made a mistake. I believe the almighty dollar is your religion now.

    May 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Derek Jacobs

    Someone who won't keep her pants up or her dress down shouldn't be a role model for girls. Somebody too careless and selfish to use birth control shouldn't be speaking to children publicly. She should get a job and help support her out of wedlock baby.

    May 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Pamela

    She still has a lot of maturing to do.
    After all, she agreed to marry the father at the bequest of her mother when her mother was running with McCain.
    After the election, mother sure turned on Levi in a hurry as he no longer served any purpose in her eyes!

    May 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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