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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  1. KC

    When did having values and morals become a bad thing? Please think with your brain before answering.

    February 17, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. gl, Pittsburgh

    Obama Victim – Sorry it won't happne. This family is a sad situation and Sarah Palin and her family is not fit to run the white house with their Hillbilly live style. If this was the life style of President Obama, this would have keep him out of the White House becasue they would have cricified him for letting his teen age daugher get preganat. Poor white trash the White House can do without!

    February 17, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Tony

    Although I may not have liked her mother's politics, she sounds like a level headed young woman. I hope she becomes successful like her mother.

    February 17, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Humored In Texas

    The Palin Family: The Morals Standard Bearers of the GOP!!!

    February 17, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. OBAMA fan

    No, beïng a mom is not glamourous at all...and certainly not if your mom made a fool of herself at the elections...that's too much baby brains to take care of.

    God Bless Barack Obama

    February 17, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. OlolFunnyyoushouldsaythat

    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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    Someone forgot to tell Bristol all about the whole CHILDREN ARE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT CLAIM YOUR ENTIRE LIFE thing.

    Wonder who dropped the ball there. Did she really THINK having a baby at 18 would be glamorous? I know 15 year olds who know better than that.

    February 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Marc

    GO SARAH!!!! PRESIDENT 'CUDA 2012!!!

    February 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Observant

    It’s not “realistic” to expect abstinence outside of marriage.

    This is exactly why funding from abstinence only should be diverted to comprehensive sex health education. We already know that the birth rate for teenagers increased under the abstinence only policy. Let's do it right for once and provide young women and young men with factual information about sex so they can make informed decisions.

    February 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Humored In Texas

    This screams for sex education, but the party of morals, the GOP, wants none of it! Nor do they have a clue on how to deal with the problems created by uninformed youngsters. They have all bases covered – "we're ignorant!"

    February 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. KMP in NC

    "Your whole priorities change after having a baby". Well how about that revealation. I do not believe for one moment she should be the face or spokesman for a anti-teenage pregnancy campaign. Bristol Palin is coming to the harsh reality that millions of young girls come to everyday. Being a parent is grown up buisness, and it takes grown up emotions and mindsets. The only difference is most of the other young girls who are young mothers do not have the benefit of a mother who ran for VP of the United States. Bristol also has the advantage of having a family finacially secure enough to enable her to concentrate on getting a career going and stuff. I am not at all impressed with her for doing this interview.

    February 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Pat

    I beg to differ with Bristol. Abstinence is as realistic as breathing. Why is it acceptable to put the cart before the horse. No one wins. It's time for our young people to step up and be accountable for their actions.

    February 17, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Tina - Sacramento, CA

    Bristol,

    Please do one thing, if any at all, please continue your education and be a positive role model for your son. Your just a baby yourself.

    May God Bless you and your newborn.

    February 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Chuck

    Referring to Bristol's relationship with Levi, she says "they’ve been focusing though on just getting through school and getting an education and stuff....." Teriffic. Her mom should have taught her to focus on condoms and stuff. Good grief.

    February 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Chryssa

    I bet Bristol would have voted for Obama/Biden.

    February 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Beth

    “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.”

    Wait...what?? Bristol had a choice, and it didn't matter what her Mom's views were? So, in order to have a choice one must have options to choose from, correct?? And after weighing her options, Bristol chose to have and keep her baby. Wonderful! Having a choice is how it should be for EVERY woman. Pro-CHOICE does NOT mean PRO-abortion.

    Congrats to Bristol for having a healthy baby...and showing us she has a lot more going on upstairs than her mother.

    February 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Max

    She already seems smarter than her mother. No much of a leap there but still...

    February 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. A Conservative Democrat

    Our young girls don't need re-cycled pearls of wisdom from an irrepsonsible 18 year old on Fox news. What is she, some new kind of perverted role model?

    Why put this "kid" on TV? Let her go and get her life in order without the glare of the camera's to keep her, Sarah or Levi in the public eye so that they can extract some benefit from our "Entertainment Tonight" laddened culture.

    If she choose to have the baby ... what does that say.... she could have chosen NOT TO ...sounds like the Governor as a "Pro-choice liberal" living under her roof.

    February 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. moose patty is wrong

    Just goes to show you that failin' palin lives up to her character as a hypocrite! To actually be against everyone having a choice, yet being "glad that her daughter made the choice to keep the baby" smacks all women in the face.

    As for the comments of looking forward to palin running in 2012, I'm all for seeing the comedy show with the lies, etc., coming out of palin's mouth. Just will guarantee that the Democrats will win again.

    February 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Sniffit

    Funny....she didn't need to say anything...she's waltzing proof that preaching abstinence doesn't prevent extra-marital hanky panky

    February 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. GOP = Geriatric Obstructionist Pityparty

    Well, the high-school drop-out appears to give more sage advice than her half-wit mom.

    Sounds like she is backing off the marriage, which would only compound the mistake if she does not love him.

    Abstinence is not realistic is rather obvious to anyone who remembers what it was like to be teenager,(at 57, it is hazy but I still have flashbacks!), but the bible beaters will still expect God's hand to reach down from the heavens and provide a chasity belt.

    I am glad this child is more mature than her mom, she may have a chance for a happy life, especially due to the fact she will not have the financial worries that at least 50% of unwed teenage mothers encounter.

    February 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Obama Cares

    media starved palin using her kids, her daughter says she has no regrets, but she wishes it would have been 10 years down the road, sounds like a regret .

    February 17, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. IndyVoter

    Abstinence works if you want it to. Abstinence works when SELF-CONTROL works! We are all sexual beings, but are you saying that humans, young adults, adults do NOT have the capacity to control themselves? Its called TEMPERENCE. We all have the capacity to exercise it. Do you control your body or does it control you? That is one of the most ignorant comments I've ever heard. No wonder our economy, our marriages & families are in shambles. Nobody wants to do the hard work that it takes to be disciplined. Its gimme, gimme, gimme right NOW! I know its cliche' but sometimes, JUST SAY NO...sheesh.

    February 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Pat, CA

    Debbie February 17th, 2009 11:10 am ET
    So she was allowed to make the "choice" to have the baby-yet her mother would legislate that no other woman would be able to have a choice…
    ----------–
    When did Sarah Palin EVER say she would "legislate that no other woman would be able to have a choice…"?

    Sarah Palin simply followed HER personal choice NOT to abort her pregnancy. That's actually what Roe v Wade is about - CHOICE! But not just YOURS, "Debbie."

    February 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. kay ro

    What happened to Sarah Palin's outburst about the media dragging her family into the spot light? Now Bristol is giving interviews. I wouldn't worry about her financially, her mother has a real gift for getting Alaska to foot all her family's expenses.

    February 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. I can see Canada from my house!

    I applaud her for being honest and taking responsibility for what she did. I think she deserves a lot better than the comments she's been receiving here, based on her statements alone. As you can see from my nick here, I'm not a fan of her mother, so I suggest people at least congratulate her on her maturity. Now, if her mother would grow up, we would not be deluged with idiotic quotes from Sarah on an almost daily basis.

    February 17, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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