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. Jim

    The Palins standing up as an example of failure is their first action that I can agree with.

    May 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. lynn in NM

    Good for her! Maybe she will be able to reach someone that otherwise may go down the wrong road. I applaud her.

    May 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Family Values in Action

    Unless Palin will be passing out condoms, a lot of talk about abstinence will have no impact whatsoever. It would be like Bristol giving speeches about fathers' rights.

    May 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. John Poggendorf; Prescott, AZ


    This is just TOO RICH!!!!

    I can't IMAGINE anyone more qualified to discuss their topic.....unless perhaps it would be Foster Brooks leading the charge on a campaign to encourage responsible alcohol consumption, or maybe Manuel Noriega promoting "Just Say NO to Drugs!"

    And I'm SURE this will be an abstinence only pitch!

    Dare we hope they offer replays of this thing on Saturday mornings, somewhere say between Sponge Bob Square Pants and Jimmy Neutron? Great comedy this is gonna be: bring your bibles for reference and a legal pad to take notes!

    May 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Alex

    Great, that's just great. Weep for the future.

    May 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Bill in Austin

    That's kind of like her mother teaching a class on ethics.

    May 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes Sarah is for sure trying to stay in spotlight now by throwing her daughter out there, just like she did during the election. Wonder if she will take her along while she is campaigning with Jeb, Mitt and the rest of them. If they want to rebuild their party they better do it with out Sarah, it should of sunk into them what it did for them in Nov. Well at least the boys will have something to look at, and I suppose Rush will be there too so he can have a look.

    May 5, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Red

    So she's saying that having a baby as a teen is not ideal huh? I think it's GREAT! She will be the LIVING EXAMPLE of why ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION DOESN'T WORK! Even she openly admits they used birth control *sometimes*, so that's just another tally against her Mother's idiot Christian teaching.

    May 5, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Blue in Maine

    CNN It does not mention in your article whether this would be an abstinence only education course. This information is crucial in making a judgment about the program. I do believe that making a mistake can be a helpful warning to others. If this were not the case AA would be a failure instead of the success that it has been. I have no problem with Bristol using her experience as a basis for warning others. My problem is that just telling teens about what it is like to be a parent without offering them advice on birth control is doomed to failure. It would be like drivers ed telling about how to put on the brakes and put it in park "because that really is the only way to avoid accidents" while not mentioning how to steer, what a seat belt is for or what laws pertain to driving.

    May 5, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    Look, after 7pm, you shuoldnt be alone with a guy. My former boss used to allowhis daughter to date, but it had to be in his house when the family is around.

    May 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Bill

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

    Actually Susan, it did work for her, until she stopped using it.

    It's hard to believe some of the things that come out of people's mouths just to insult others.

    May 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. The Real Slim Shady

    I don't think this young lady should be faulted for trying to turn a negative into a positive. I'm a Democrat, and I feel that this child, such that she is, should be left alone. At least she is bringing light to an issue typically ignored by Republicans. Hopefully, she can provide viable educational resources other than the "abstinence only" appraoch which clearly did not work for her.

    May 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Dave

    Obviously no one wants their children to turn out like the Palins. Our children should know OF the Palins, however. Perhapse a little required reading about the Palins in SexEd would be appropriate.


    May 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. ron

    OOOh, hurry hurry everybody! It's the CNN hate Sarah Palin hour! Don't miss out. Get your chance to be manipulated, quickly, or you'll have to wait till tomorrow...

    May 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    That poor kid in the photo looks a lot like Rush Limbaugh,mmmm,Sarah is being pushed as the new Ronnie Raygun by Limbaugh today?

    May 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Ike from Aberdeen, UK

    Palin, Palin, Palin again???? won't these people go to spleep??? Bristol Palin now on stage, value added – ZERO. There will be no value added in what she has to say because we all know it already. Her child may even start feeling like a reject or a mistake, she better go on reverse gear.

    May 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. AB

    Bristol's advice: Don't be like me. Don't be like me. Don't be like me...

    May 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Scott B

    OMG it's like the girlfriend that won't go away. For someone who said she doesn't like the spot light its big and bright. Please just do us all a favor/ Stop preaching your values and use some of them. Remember practice makes perfect. BTW Bristol you could use them too.

    May 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Stu-Florida

    Yea, add that to another class she didn't graduate from. How can she teach what she does not know?? This family is getting dumber all the time. IF she were to do something with her life, other than the all important job of being a Mom, why does she have to tell the media?

    Just why do they insist on telling us? I, for one of millions, don't give a moose (*)

    May 5, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Emma, San Jose

    Because of the nature of humans, birth control methods must be available. Remember Bristol's words about abstinence not being realistic?

    May 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Trueman

    Poor Levy should be doing the seminar. Look at what happened when HE had premarital sex! He was drafted into the GOP, marched around on the world stange for all to see, and then dumped like a sack of crap. All because he didn't use a condom.

    Kids, wear a condom!

    May 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. puzzled1

    Didn't she say "expecting teens to abstain from sex was unrealistic"? How will she address the sex education portion without opposing mama Sarah's stance on this topic? I hope that she talks about how teen pregnancy is a generational curse that MUST be broken. I said it!. Babies are blessing but unwed teen pregnancy is a menace to society. Parenting is the toughest most satisfying role you will ever have. Parents have to be EXTREMELY attentive to their teens and must be realistic about what is and can happen when they are left unsupervised with members of the opposite sex. I'll bet she wished mom had paid a little more attention to her and supervised her and 'baby daddy' a little better. How honest can she be without contradicting Gov. Palin?

    May 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Brina

    I can really see a bunch of teenagers relating to her.....she's being held up as a role model, her family has money so she doesn't have to worry about financial issues, she doesn't have to worry about daycare, she doesn't have to worry about housing or working, she doesn't have to worry about clothes, diapers or milk BUT this is the person this group thinks will relate to......geesh.

    May 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    After reading these posts, all great examples of the forgivness of a Christain nation....NOT. Who here is so knowing to question his will?
    My wish is live, long and prosper Bristol and Tripp.

    May 5, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Squigman

    The hypocracy is thick enough to cut with a knife. This is but one reason why all who can think, should think twice before allowing the republican party access to positions of authority. I dont know how any person living through the years from 1999-to-2009 could deny the mis-management of our nation that allowed the problems of today. What really makes no sense is the mindset of the republican party, that the memory of the people can be wiped clean with a few denials and redirecting peoples attention through the corporate news media.

    May 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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