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. qmastertoo

    Even more of a reason that I am glad McCain/Palin lost. The marriage claim was a lie and they put it out there for political reasons. It's is so discustingly hypocritical for the repug party to prop up this mess while her on mother defunds sex-ed and we want her as the Presudent? Blogga please. To force one's daughter to pretend like she was getting married for politics, Sad. What a country!

    February 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Veronica

    To Obama victim...that will NEVER happen.

    February 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Ex-Republican

    Looking forward to having the Palin family in the white house, as unwed parents on welfare, endorsing premarital sex, dating druggies and flunkies and children having children. OH JOY...what a family and how high I set my standards on who I vote for. Go Palin Power, Endorse all that you speak against you two faced, unfit momma hero of mine!" (/sarcasm off)

    February 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. chris

    please...this is like suggesting that drugs should be legalized because an addict claims that "everyone does drugs"! talk to the millions of people who did not have sex before they were married and see what THEY have to say about the reality of abstinence!

    February 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. GERRY

    I don't quite understand why this 18 year old (not married) had to go public with this story. She is a lovely attractive girl but, evidently likes to be in the spot light like her mother.
    This is not a good example in my opinion, to expose to other teen-age girls. The other item I wonder about too, was this her choice as she says or did her mothers pro-life enter into this. Whatever the case, hopefully, this doesn't send a wrong message out to other girls her age.. I personally am pro-choice, this is a private matter and nobody elses business.

    February 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Chris W, Tampa

    Abstinence is a ridiculous concept for two such healthy, loving people. Yes they were a little young, but I'm sure the sex was great and life is to be lived, isn't it. Oh and I guess cause they're "engaged" now they're suddenly allowed to be getting it on with each other despite the fact their ACTUAL wedding plans have cooled off like Alaska in January. It's one sherraide after another with this family.

    AND to "Obama Victim", your looking forward to the Palin family in the White House 2013?

    These Palin's are a dream come true for progressives like me: please please give them all you money and loyalty! They can win!!!! ...lol.

    "Obama victim" and all of you America haters who can't support the President of this Great nation, I'm telling you now MICHELLE OBAMA WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT IN THE WHITEHOUSE 2017 (thank you Hillary for showing us the way)

    May a billion other Palin's be born to run against the Democrats, they can't take the lower 48 ;>

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. filcom

    I believe in abstinence, that's why I lost my virginity in my 20's. However, I came from the East where people are generally more conservative. It is difficult to maintain good moral values in this country because of the liberalism, so abstinence here might extremely be difficutl to achieve.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. otakucode

    Abstinence is UNHEALTHY.

    Safe sex is simple and easy. All adolescents should be taught how to have fulfilling, SAFE sex lives. It's part of being a human being, and sheltering them from such a basic facet of human life will result in them growing up to be larger children – not adults.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Streamwood Bill

    Bristol Palin, 18, learned something that George Bush was never able to grasp during his eight years as president – reality will always triumph over political dogma.

    One day George Bush and the Republican zealots will realize this also applies to the environment.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. filcom

    I believe in abstinence, that's why I lost my virginity in my 20's. However, I came from the East where people are generally more conservative. It is difficult to maintain good moral values in this country because of the liberalism, so abstinence here might extremely be difficutl to achieve.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. filcom

    I believe in abstinence, that's why I lost my virginity in my 20's. However, I came from the East where people are generally more conservative. It is difficult to maintain good moral values in this country because of the liberalism, so abstinence here might extremely be difficutl to achieve.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Matt

    I'll give it to Bristol (Did Sarah make it a law that you have to name your children some odd name? Bristol? Levi? Tripp? Track?) that she's dispelling the notion that abstinence only education will work! Safe sex should be taught in schools! Period!
    Second, it's fine if you are waiting till marriage to have sex, more power to you if you can hold out by do not say that it's the way God intended! The sexual restrictions came from saint Augustine who clearly says in his confessions that the reason he couldn't find God was cause he couldn't stop having lots of woman! So the man has the fun and then "finds God" sand writes that u can't have sex before marriage blah blah blah....hypocrite

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. THE OLD TIMER

    way to go Bristol. I wish these bashers out there would look at the good side of this SHE KEPT THE BABY.. now ask someone who has lost a child to a drunk driver. It changes all perspectives on child rearing and abortion.

    Yes my son was killed a by a off duty police officer still in his squad car and in his uniform off duty ran off the road and killed my son.

    NOW YOU PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO TALK DON,T SAY A WORD UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN IN SOMEONE ELSES SHOES.

    I glad that she has a heathy child there is a place in heaven for people like her the rest of the bashers will go to hell.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Eddie

    Who is to take care of this baby? The mother has NOT even completed college, not to say working. What type of advises did the mother gave her? How will she do her home work and take care of her baby after school ? It will not be easy for the baby and the mother.
    God alone knows how that will work. So the daughter has never got sex education from the mother.And is the same thing to tis baby tomorrow.

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Obama 2.0

    Strait form the mouth of babe!

    February 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Kathy

    “been focusing though on just getting through school and getting an education and stuff – getting a career going,” Palin said.
    You mean the GED you are studying for.

    Teenage pregnanacies, after falling for years, started to rise in 2002...what happened? ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS!!! Do you see a connection??????

    February 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. jeff

    Sex sells just look on TV how many of them buy pills to make your penis larger or Viagra or those Go Daddy Commericals and how many of our kids who watch tv see Alcohal commericals like during the Superbowl

    February 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Proud American in a Big Western City

    Abstinence may well be realistic among teens and young adults who have good and involved parents.

    February 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. california kid

    You democrats need to stop the bickering and attacking the republicans. And you all need to leave Sarah and her family alone. You are all rediculous. If anything about obama is up, you praise it but anything about palin or any republican, you attack. Get a clue you liberals.

    February 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Ann

    she is ok

    February 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Jon

    She sounds a lot brighter than her mother.

    February 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. jaye

    This girl and her boyfriend was just another tool used by Sara Palin to try and get elected.
    What happened to the wedding that Palin said was going to take place?
    Just more lies from Sara Palin – and she profeses to be such a christian. Well, christians do not lie....they also don't use their children to further their careers the way palin used her pregnant daughter and downs syndrome baby.
    Sara Palin is a sick minded evil woman that will stop at nothing to get attention, and get elected.

    February 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Hayden Zeke

    The whole bunch is gypsies, tramps and thieves starting with her thunderthighs mother.

    February 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. JIMBISCIELLO

    STUPID IS -STUPID DOES

    February 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. A.M.

    Actually, abstainance isperfectly realistic, because every person in the world has a free will... a CHOICE. The ability to indeed (however hard) go through with saying "no". We are not just animals who can't help ourselves. We CAN choose. So it is plenty realistic, because people are able to choose. It's just not popular. It's not fun. It's not easy, or a good time. But it is absolutely the best choice, and it's a shame so many people (kids even), are just not making that choice.

    Part of the beauty of being human is the ability to control ourselves, and to deny ourselves, when we know that in the long run it will be better (if not safer) for ourselves to do so. That ability to choose gives us the power to make our lives as good as they can be, by making the right decisions... not just the easy or pleasurable ones.

    But I'm glad that at least this young woman had the character and the honor to give this child life. Things happen, people make mistakes... but at least she had the love and mercy in her heart to do the right thing for this child, however hard it may be for herself.

    February 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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