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. dominican mama 4 Obama

    FreeNLovIt May 5th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

    Look, after 7pm, you shuoldnt be alone with a guy

    Does that mean that kids don't fool around BEFORE 7pm in your part of the country?

    May 5, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    That would be a valid argument, except that the Palin and in fact the Republican party line is "abstinence only".
    Could there be a more hypocritical bunch than this? Family values my eye. All the Republican party wants to do is tell everyone else how to live while they don't abide by their own edicts.
    Are you pro contraception for teens? If so, you are not following your party's command. So, are you for abstinence only, or abortion?
    Not a fair question, is it? But there you are.

    May 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Mark C.

    Sorry, I just can't see good prevention advice coming from folks that think ANY kind of birth control is a "sin". If they're going to get out of the Victorian era and join us in the real world of science and preventative measures, maybe. But I can't see anyone in that family evolving with the rest of us any time soon.

    Abstinence-only teaching with hormone-crazed teenagers hasn't truly worked in any period in history and it won't work now when sex is more widely talked about and out in the open. Best bet is to talk about all the aspects of responsible behavior.

    May 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Puff the Magic Dragon

    I'm sure this is very noble, but I'm more sure its to make her mother look good in 2012.

    May 5, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. scott

    I agree mary, this is sarah palin pushing her daughter up to do this just to let her mother image looks good when she lose again in 2012. Bristol you need to make your own decision, the same way you made the decision to have your son that God have given you. Your mom is only trying to make herself look good.

    May 5, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. BC

    Who cares about Bristol-freakin'-Palin? Why is it that we give a hoot about what the children of famous politicians think or do? Since her mom was a vice-presidential candidiate I guess now she is some great "oracle" or "sage" now. I guarantee this was something her mom ask her to do to sort of "tidy up" the image of the Palin household before mom runs for president in 2012.

    May 5, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Peggy - TX

    Look at this beautiful bounsing baby boy I created and look at all the attention I got as a result ... but dont do it!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. DocChuck

    I thought this was an article from The Onion ....

    May 5, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Limbaugh Flu

    Rush Limbaugh thinks Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan.What does that tell you?

    May 5, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Johny

    Angie said:

    "But the Govenor of Alaska Doesnt Believe in Birth Control only unrealistic Absentism"

    Why is abstinence unrealistic? Kids today simply have no will power. They are just a bunch of wimps. If you don't want to risk having a kid or getting an STD, then use ABSTINENCE.

    May 5, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Jason

    Can she expose John Edward's baby too?

    May 5, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. jenny

    There's no harm in calling a baby an "accident".

    From what I have read, 50% of babies are OOPS babies.

    We all know what it's like, trying to balance our sex drive with logic and reason.

    It's not easy.

    Hormones control all of us.

    Obviously, she wanted her baby.

    That is what her child will know.

    May 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Radical Centrist

    sniffit, I had to laugh about that...but it DOES make some sense...

    May 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. John in Ohio

    That pic is disturbing on a lot of levels. Definitely some "Mrs Robinson" in it. You've got Bristol standing awkwardly off to the side, her cougar mother, babe in arms, staring into the eyes of Bristol's baby-daddy, a hand seductively brushing his cheek. Makes you wonder who is actually the father of the baby she's holding, and that would certainly explain some of the recent hostility towards him.

    May 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. David Wells

    Atleast one Palin will stand up and admit that they are idiots, but still their only focus is getting attention for their Family.

    May 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Ted

    Who cares? Bristol obviously had contempt for her mother's stance on abstinence with obvious results. Now she can get on the stump and tell others not to? Oh please, go back to your double wide and shut up.

    May 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Zee

    *shaking my head* *exits comment section slowly*

    May 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Republicans are the American Taliban

    It's like finding Jesus after being sent to prison. Be sure to mention how much child support you are getting from the neighbor boy. Look on the bright side... Playboy won't want to do a pictorial now....

    May 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. CS in PA

    Oh my God - please make them go away!!

    May 5, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Sam I Am

    I applaud Bristol. Instead of parroting her mother's "abstinence" nonsense, and instead of feeling sorry for herself and whining about the mistake she made, she's getting active and trying to get the word out to her teenage peers. She obviously has a lot of strength, and an IQ much higher than either of her parents. If we had more young people like her around, there'd be a lot fewer problems with kids that age.

    There is not one among us who either hasn't found themselves in Bristol's situation, or doesn't know someone who has made the same mistakes. And anyone who knows anything about support groups knows that the leaders of the groups are usually people who have been through the rough patch themselves. They can relate. Bristol is one of those people, and will no doubt provide great advice to her peers.

    May 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Tony Amaretti

    Miss Palin, how unreasonable is it for society to ask teens to wait until marriage for sexual activity do you now think?

    May 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Ticker Shock

    Gee Bristol, how come it was ok for you?

    May 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Smooth Jazz

    Bristol Palin teaching abstinence is like Michael Jackson teaching about child predators.

    May 5, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Vella

    Why are people saying she wouldn't be a good spokesperson? Who, in your opinion, would be if not her? The girl is living it right now, do you think other teens are going to listen to her or some self-righteous adult? They're probably going to listen to Bristol because she's their peer. PS - I cannot stand the Palins and I'm as liberal as they come, but cut the kid a break. She did say in interviews, however, abstinence just doesn't work - I hope that is a message she will reiterate and talk about using birth control.

    May 5, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. This is not CHANGE we need or want

    How about you take a class on equality of rights between a baby's father and mother. You know, you didn't get that baby by yourself. I hope you will at least have the decency to let the baby spend time with his father while you are spouting off about teen pregnancy.

    May 5, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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