[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/01/art.tony.perkins.jpg caption="Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacted to Palin's daughter's pregnancy Monday."]
(CNN) - Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised the 17-year-old daughter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin Monday for choosing to keep her child.
"Unfortunately, teenage pregnancy has become all too common in today's society regardless of a family's economic or social status. It is problem that we remain committed to reducing through encouraging young people to practice abstinence," Perkins, a powerful figure in the evangelical community, said in the statement.
"Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation. We are committed to praying for Bristol and her husband to be and the entire Palin family as they walk through a very private matter in the eyes of the public," Perkins wrote.
Family Research Council is an organization that promotes social conservative views.