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. carol

    This is pathetic. Bristol should graduate from high school and go to college and get out of the environment she is living in. There is nothing for her in the Palin household but Jerry Springer material, and I hope she rises above it. I wish her the best.

    May 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. a f r

    What tacky sadness in this thread. I am a liberal, but am embarassed by those of you who chose here to slam Bristol or the GOP unnecessarily.

    How is Bristol doing this going to hurt? It makes sense to me that she, as a victim of teen pregnancy, would speak out about it. Mary Tyler Moore, who has diabetes, does the same for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Patrick Dempsey, whose mother had cancer, does the same for a cancer charity.

    Give the girl a chance. She is not her mother, and her mother may have nothing to do with this. It is unlikely to cause harm, and it might help some.

    May 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Well Isn't That Just Wonderful

    Let's see, she is the governor's daughter.... icon of the right wing religious wacko's..... so she will represent the "role model" to other unwed teens? I smell political opportunism written all over this.

    May 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Nancy

    This whole family needs counseling. For Pete sakes the Bundy's and the Bunker's are more functional than these idiots. The Palins are the new poster child for DYSFUNCTIONAL family.

    May 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. sue

    Good for her – I don't know that her life will be altered much – her family has resources – but her heart is in the right place.

    May 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Carolyn

    Maybe some of you guys need to get a life then you won't be so concerned with the Palins. I think it is great that Bristol is willing to admit to many of her peers that the TIMING of her pregnancy was a mistake. A BABY is never a mistake, just a beautiful gift. As a young mother myself (many, many years ago) it was very hard and you give up your youth and I thnk it will be very informational to young girls and boys to know the responsibility involved.

    May 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Well Isn't That Just Wonderful

    So she is going to be the role model to other teens eh? I smell political opportunism all over this.....

    May 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Franky

    This is a waste of time...she knows it and her mom knows it, is a freaking joke!! Prevent what, huh? "Love?" Is that what she is trying to prevent OR just use the same argument over and over again to think about it and save it for marriage? And she's having a Town Hall meeting for this? You guys are playing, right?

    Why doesn't she just live her life and take her of her child, huh? Maybe it'll be better for her to show a good example how she is and learned, not use her as an bad example...

    No offense but what is she gonna say? Don't do what I did and you'll end up like me?

    I swear, you people are a waste of time...

    May 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. John of Michigan

    We have a mother who does not have a clue where Africa is and a daughter who either does not know what conservative values her mother was preaching or does not care or knows her mother does not mean what she preaches. This is good material for This is Late Saturday Night Show, not for Teen Preganancy Convention.

    May 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Rob Johnson

    Considering Bristol's recent comments, I'm betting this isn't an "abstinence only" program.

    As Bristol said, "abstinence just doesn't work."

    May 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Cliff

    A'int this a bit–, how can this creature or her mother be be spoke person for anything worthy of serious consideration. Her mother became pregnant before marriage. Both are perfect examples of the hypocrisy the "moral majority."

    May 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. David S. Robins

    Sorry, Bristol. You're a bit late. Besides other teenage girls don't need lessons in your family's trailer trash values. Stay home and change your baby's diapers.

    May 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. mabel floyd

    bristol is the perfect example of the crazy right wing. they find a girl who got pg - a plummer with no lic to work–a preacher who is againt gays, bit is having an affair with one, and this is great - they have them do the hair shirt thing and then pat themselves on the back about how God has brought them to the light–ugh!!!

    May 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. NotaFool

    A high school drop-out that ignore her Mother's values is now a spokesperson for Teens!!

    How dumb???

    May 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. AJ

    Oh good grief, thats like Jimmy Swaggert becoming the spokesperson for fidelity, or, the republican party as crusaders for morality and "family values." What hypocrites.

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Dinah

    Did anyone pick up on the fact that Sarah Palin's first child was born 8 months after she married Todd? Imagine that a hypocrite.

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Shyla

    Like Mother Like Daughter – Bothe of them love the media spotlight. By the way has she even finished school? Does she take care of her kid? Will the kid be travelling with her when she goes on this gig? Will she be preaching abstinance only?

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    Didn't she realize the sexual intercourse with Levi could result in pregnancy? This is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. KD in Houston

    FreeNLoving it ... dating inside a house is not dating... it's hanging out with the family.

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Kinda Makes You Wish

    that birth control were retro-active... maybe even a couple of generations retro-active!

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Erick in AL

    Eh, well she should talk about what NOT to do and the consequences of poor judgement. This family should really step back, and Mrs. Palin should stip blaming the media for her shortcomings. Part of the problem with McCain-Palin was that John McCain threw her in the spotlight and she's from the sparesely populated state of Alaska. I'm still an Obama supporter!

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Typical Republican do as I say and not as I do.

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Cblue4ever

    And Liberals are supposed to be the ones with heart? I guess none of them leaves comments. All I ever read anymore are hatchet jobs from the supposed party with a heart. I beleive Sarah or Bristol Palin could donate blood and most of those leaving comments would find something wrong with it

    May 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. P

    I think she's about a year and a half too late....

    May 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Michael

    Naturally it depends on what approach the campaign takes.

    If they simply push the abstinence-only approach, then the campaign will be a complete bloody waste of time.

    If they push education on condoms and birth control, then it could be worthwhile.

    Einstein once defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."

    Reality: teenagers have sex. The success rate of abstinence-only education in reducing the number of teen pregnancies can barely be calculated. Promotion of safe sex and birth control is the only option, short of chastity belts and padlocks. And it's the only sane or realistic option.

    May 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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