May 5th, 2009
01:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Group says Bristol Palin to promote teen pregnancy prevention

Last year, Gov. Palin revealed that her teen daughter, Bristol, was unmarried and pregnant just as the Republican National Convention was beginning.

Last year, Gov. Palin revealed that her teen daughter, Bristol, was unmarried and pregnant just as the Republican National Convention was beginning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will participate in a town hall meeting on Wednesday to help raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention, the Candie's Foundation announced Tuesday.

"I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie's Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention," Palin said in a statement released by the group. "I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy. If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment."

Palin, 18, gave birth to a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, in December.

The Candie's Foundation, whose mission it is to "educate teens about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy," tapped her to be the teen ambassador for its National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The group said she will participate in a town hall meeting at the Times Center in New York City Wednesday with actress Hayden Panettiere, baseball player Matt Garza, and other panelists.


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  1. Sniffit

    Just show them what it does to your belly and your hoohoo to have a baby and sit them down to watch a recording of a live birth. That should change a few minds.

    May 5, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    The palins – palin (clueless pathological liar) and bristol (teen mother) = the true example of republican family moral values. hahaha

    May 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Melissa

    I really don't think she's the best example to be using.

    May 5, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Owen W

    Look at these "moral" repukes. If she would become poor and her baby would get sick with no health insurance then she would know what teen pregnancy is really like. Then she would vote Democrat so we can fix these things.

    May 5, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Tristan

    And W. will start promoting education? Surely they could have found someone better.

    May 5, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Matt Schmidt

    The slogan for this year's symposium... DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.

    May 5, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    I guess she needs a job to help support that kid.

    May 5, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. WhoCares

    Ok! These people love the spot light and I'm not for one will have my teenage daughter listening to Bristol Palin. "She is as lost as her mom and a lier!

    May 5, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. KLK

    The Candie's Foundation, whose mission it is to "educate teens about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy,"
    ____________________________________________________
    Hopefully this won't encompass abstinence only initiatives.

    May 5, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. C W

    "The Candie's Foundation, whose mission it is to "educate teens about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy," tapped her to be the teen ambassador for its National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy."

    This is very interesting, considering how much the GOP and Bristol's mom blasted President Obama during the campaign for acknowledging that teen pregnancy puts a burden on the mother and expressed his hope that his daughters would wait until they were married to have children.

    Whatever – we all know that Republicans are hypocrits.

    While I think this is admirable of Bristol to do, I also hope that she does something more than support abstinence and is honest about the realities of the teens having sex: If you can't abstain, take care of yourself and use birth control (including a condom to prevent STDs).

    May 5, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Dave S.

    "Devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy" = your mom may loose an election.

    I suggest the Candies foundation do a protest march against the "failed" policies in Alaska, where the governor of Alaska doesnt seem to be doing enough to prevent teen pregnancies.

    May 5, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Andy Foreman

    Now I am convinced the world has gone completely nuts – totally whacko – and unredeemably lost... Bristol Palin is going to talk about preventing teen pregnancy??? Hey now, thats a great idea, right? NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT !!!!!!!!!!

    Whats next? Lets get Charles Manson to talk about safety and compassion when using kitchen knives to brutally murder someone...

    Then we can get Scott Peterson to talk about how to love and respect your pregnant wife when drowning her in the San Francisco bay...

    And maybe we can wrap up with Dick Cheney talking about how to launch a disasterous war in three simple steps (lie, lie, and lie some more) and how to profit from it!!!

    Oh yeah, this country is not headed down the toilet – we were flushed decades ago and are now really floating with the sewage...

    May 5, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. carmen

    Bristol is a real poster child for pregnancy prevention, alright. What can she say: do as I say, not as I do? Go away Palins and go raise your children.

    May 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Susan, Macedon New York

    I hope she plans to talk about contraception, rather than just abstinence. Obviously that didn't work for her.

    May 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Adam

    Condoms... the obvious choice.

    May 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Well, better late than not at all Bristol. But then again, the morals of this nation have gone to waste with the last two generations.

    May 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. NFL

    I anticipate that (like McCain) perhaps the next generation GOP can better articulate their thoughts, ideas and opinions than their parents. Though I'm a Democrat, I enjoy reading Megan McCain's writing and hope that she continues to develop her leadership skills. The country needs young people who are not closed minded to others' ideas, and are welcoming of people from all walks of like (not just the narrowly defined, wealthy, white, heterosexual, educated, etc.).

    May 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. GOP = 21st century dodo

    As long as she's not promoting abstinence, there is no hypocrisy.

    May 5, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Royster

    Gee...will this gathering even talk about any of the common sense approaches to preventing teen pregnancy like:
    -use condoms
    -new morning after pill now available

    ...or is this just another lip service try and teach teens abstinence (like THAT works!) seminarthat attempts to guilt them with religion, rather than teaching them real world responses to real world situations???

    It seems like Bristol's mother might have practiced the latter solution instead of the former in relation to her own daughter.

    May 5, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. arithmetic is liberal

    The Candie's Foundation is good at spreading the word on teen pregnancy, not so much on spreading information.

    It's a lukewarm watered-down way to access teens. Sure, it's a decent compromise between the opinion that sex before marriage is a sin and shouldn't be discussed at all save abstinence and the opinion that sex and preventative measures should be discussed with teens. But the problem with those opinions is that it doesn't measure up with the FACTS that teens have sex, have had sex and wil continue to have sex. Since the Sexual Revolution is almost a generation behind us, and since teenagers have sex, it's a good idea to protect them for the act by telling them about CONDOMS which is something that is sadly lacking at the Candie's Foundation website.

    You can throw all the celebrities you want at horny teenagers, but I don't think that teens will be thinking about Ciara or Bristol say when they are acting on pure impulse. There is a chance that they may reach for a distributed condom.

    May 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    the gop say they hate sara palin but its all a game their playing. like having this phoney soap opera with bristol palin and her ex boyfriend going on tv. the gop are trying to use the media to get the public interested in this gossipy stuff to sliver back in. I guess they think americans are so stupid that they would fall for this. sara palin is soo
    uninteresting and the gop are washed up. the gop will not win back either the house or the senate in 2010. they will lose even more seats.
    all they care about are tax breaks for the rich.

    May 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. thetruth

    I'm sorry but, there are just too many conflicting signals from the Palin clan on issues of teen pregnancy for children to follow. This story has too many bad weeds attached to it, to just be looked at in vein of the good message Bristol Palin is trying to promote. First we have S' Palin strongly advocating abstinence as a prevention for teen pregnancy. Then when her daughter B' Palin gets pregnant, the situation is viewed as the normal happenings of teenage life. Then B'Palin comes out and says that abstinence only as a policy dosent work, and teens are going to have sex. After which L'Johnson, B'Palins-baby daddy, says S'Palin knew about them having sex and that he lived in her house. Now we have B' Palin joining a talking forum claiming she's the perfect person as a living example for advocating against teen pregnancy. The common thread that all of these people have is that they are fame seekers-bottom line. It wont be too long before B'Palin launches a clothing and perfume line and L' Johnson is a model or TV personality. Sadly I think our culture promotes mediocraty and awards this social bad behavior.

    May 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. joann

    So, do as I say, not as I do, is that how it goes?? Please, Palin family, go away...

    May 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. bendo

    Ut oh...did this get cleared by mom and limbag?

    May 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Ursula

    I would have more respect for the organization if they would use Jamie Spears instead of Bristol Palin.... LOL!

    May 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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