February 17th, 2009
10:43 AM ET
13 years ago

Abstinence 'is not realistic,' Palin's daughter says

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(CNN) – In her first interview since giving birth to son Tripp, Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said it’s not “realistic” to expect abstinence outside of marriage.

Watch: Bristol Palin breaks her silence

“Everyone should be abstinent . . . but it’s not realistic at all,” the 18-year-old told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, adding that having sex as a teenager had become “more and more accepted now” among people her age.

The new mother, who gave birth to Gov. Palin’s first grandchild late last year, said her decision to go forward with an unplanned pregnancy was entirely her own.

“It was my choice to have the baby,” she said, in an interview that aired Monday night. “It doesn’t matter what my mom’s views are on it. It was my decision and I wish people would realize that too.”

Bristol Palin said she would eventually like marry Levi Johnston, her newborn son’s father. But they’ve “been focusing though on just getting through school and getting an education and stuff – getting a career going,” Palin said.

Palin said she was “excited to be a mom” and described her 2-month-old son Tripp as “awesome” and “very, very, very cute,” but said that other teenagers should not follow in her footsteps.

“I think everyone should just wait 10 years,” Palin said. Being a teenage mother “is not glamorous at all . . . your whole priorities change after having a baby.”

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soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. wwf

    This is news?

    February 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. bill

    As stupid as her mother.

    February 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Obama Victim

    looking forward to having the Palin family in the White House in 2013

    GO SARAH

    February 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. MIMI

    ARE YOU LISTENING REPUBS !!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Ifeanyi John

    Ms. Bristol Palin should tell that to Republican Party and her mom that it is ok to be a teen mother. Oh don't forget the Religeous Right.

    February 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. yuri

    Bristol is absolutely right n saying things about"abstinence", which is not always a pragmatic approach. However, teen pregnancies are fraught with risks of premature babies, certain medical complications, emotional, and financial fallouts. Adolescents would do well if they follow appropriate contraceptive measures.

    February 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    I don't believe it was Bristol's decision. Mom said, "you're having htis baby. My political career is riding on this." What kind of morals does Sarah instill in her children? And poor Levi. Forced to marry a girl he knocked up.

    February 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Sylvia

    honesty..........

    February 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. PATC

    This is what I am sure concerned her mother the most. The beatens from the press ie CNN, MSNBC, Huff Post etc. For a shy 18 year old that had never done an interview she did well. Very Independent young woman.

    February 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. mel

    does she advocate abstinence after marriage?

    February 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. not realistic???

    I am a young woman that lives a life free from sexual relationships. I know that the pressures are out there, but I am determined to do things the way that I have been taught. I am graduating from college this May and I am proud to say that. No matter how accepted the lifestyle is, there are a group of young people that will do things God's way. I have had a great college experience and look forward to having a family one day. No matter who is doing it, I love having my own mind, and my values. My life is not complicated either!!!!

    February 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Mike in Columbus

    “Everyone should be abstinent . . . but it’s not realistic at all”

    Ouch!

    While agree with Bristol... this is going to draw some serious heat from the right!

    February 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Blatherskite

    Well, nice that you had a choice, Bristol, because your mommy doesn't think pregnant women should have a choice.

    And thanks for the newsflash that abstinence doesn't work. You should have a talk with mommy and her constituents who think it is the only answer, in spite of your experience and the tons of research to the contrary, But research is science, and we know how mommy and her republican acolytes feel about science. Just thank your lucky stars you weren't some 17 year old famous person pregnant out of wedlock, or you would have been excoriated by mommy's friends.

    February 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. warren smith

    she is right
    wait wait
    having a baby is no joke

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Gerry

    Finally, someone from the Palin family who makses sense when she speaks. Sara are you listening?

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Mickie

    Wow, the extreme right wingers will have a hard time accepting "abstinence in unrealistic" since they fight against any other method of preventing unwanted chidren who are thrown out in garbage bags, abused and/or neglected, or even born addicted to drugs. But for "heaven's" sake, don't promote condoms or birth control of any kind. Right Sarah Palin, just let them keep having kids they can't afford to properly take care of. THE REPUBLICAN WAY!

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. realist13

    This just in: teenagers have sex. Abstinence was always a joke, perpetrated by the wacky religious right. It never worked. Many studies have proven it. Teaching sex ed is the only responsible course. Thank goodness we have intelligent leaders in charge of the country again who can reverse course on some of this stuff.

    February 17, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Really?

    Not realistic...FOR HER! There are many teens who abstain from sex. Speak for yourself Palin's daughter. As a matter of fact, she didn't have much to say. Palin did all the talking....as usual.

    February 17, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I just wondered why this was on "political ticker". Isn't this more of a family issue?

    February 17, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Joseph

    It's not realistic. She should do herself a favor and keep her mouth shut, all that was, was a petty excuse as to why she got pregnant. She would be more respected if she just said It's my life and I'll do what I please. To say that it's not realistic is ridiculous. It's a choice, one that if you have the moral fiber to stand by is VERY realistic. there are lot's of things that are becoming more and more accepted doesn't make them right. If suicide is being accepted by people her age does that mean she'd do that too. Piss poor parenting. She was looking for an escape oe avenue to take the heat off her and failed. She shouldn't be judged for having a baby out of wedlock but don't give a lane reason why it happened.

    February 17, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. lr

    she is right. The "nature" is that, teens, people want sex. It is hard to fight the nature "calling". I guess. Some people are more sexual than others. Cannot blame them. It is natural. This is how we are made.
    The best is to teach teens about precautions = birth control, disease prevention. Morals.

    February 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. itbeme

    well at least the kid knows that 'just say no' doesn't really work. To bad the mom didn't get it. Maybe if she had provided choices to the daughter, there wouldn't be a baby in the middle now.

    February 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. ET

    What is she? A celebrity now?

    February 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!!

    February 17, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Freed_From_W

    Her next announcement: Water is wet.

    “I think everyone should just wait 10 years,” Palin said. Being a teenage mother “is not glamorous at all . . . your whole priorities change after having a baby.”

    How sad for you that the menial existence of another human being that you are responsible for bringing into the world is keeping you from living a "glamorous" life. I hope you choke.

    February 17, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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