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. jill

    I love CNN. They won't post anything anti-Obama, but let Palin bashers talk about "hoohoos" while demeaning a teenage mom who is trying to help others. Ah, the unbiased press...

    May 5, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Mike, Syaracuse, NY

    Gee Owen, I would think if someone were poor, they could 'fix' the problem by some personal responsibility. You don't need to vote Democratic to know where babies come from, and you don't need to government to stop teenage pregnancy. This isn't about rich vs. poor or Republican vs. Democrat. It's about irresponsible vs responsible and smart vs. dumb. The only rational argument for abortion is that it prevents stupid people from passing their genes on to the next generation.

    May 5, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    Bristol talking about abstinence is like David Vitter talking about faithfulness.

    May 5, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Melly

    Bristol Palin has no room to talk when it comes to pregnancy prevention. her efforts to educate others are honorabnle, but if she was so concerned she should have made an example out of her own behavior, instead of displaying an image of a big, happy "pregnant teen family". leave it to more qualified individuals to teach about abstinence and pregnancy prevention.

    May 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Richard L

    Bristol has been a good example for everyone of the failure of her mother's advocated approach to teen sex. We need education and reality instead of wishing thinking.

    May 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. CF

    My whole life, the conservative right has done nothing but criticize and demonize premarital sex, teen pregnancy, and single mothers. It is so rich that now that "one of them" has been through it, suddenly its a positive thing and a great opportunity for them. Hypocrites, all.

    May 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    As expected, nothing but hate and vitriol from the left-wing bloggers. CNN, why do you keep baiting them??????/

    May 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Naldo

    Terrible role model. Bristol is ignored by her mom until she gets pregnant, drops out of school, lives at home on her parents' dime and public welfare, and all eyes turn to her and say "How sweeeetttt!!!"

    Sure...girls will get the lesson - Have a baby, get attention from Mom and money!

    May 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Failed Politics and A Wink!!!

    @jm May 5th, 2009 12:36 pm ET
    What a bunch of haters you people are. Maybe she would be a good spokesperson since she knows first hand the difficulties of being a teenage mother.Hate has nothing to do with this......The party of no say no to Bristol

    May 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Kim in Arizona, FOR NOW

    Ok, 2 things...First, the organization is using the WRONG message to use a young mom to sale, the effects are DEVISTATING??? Not really what you want your child to think he is, devistating. Second, I DO commend her for trying to talk to young girls about the trials, and how hard it is to be a single un-wed young mom. She is blessed to have a family with money, normally the young unwed moms are not so lucky to have this back up. I hope she keeps her looney mom out of this.

    May 5, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. chuck

    Will Bristol tell all Americans that she's got two children,Trig and Tripp and expose her mother's lies for the cover-up.

    May 5, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. This is not CHANGE we need or want


    Please do your baby and yourself a favor and get a JOB. You're 18 which means you are an adult and should be supporting yourself and your child which you chose to have. GET A JOB!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Jackie in Dallas

    I admit, I admire Bristol for putting herself out there...there is no better teacher than experience. However, I must agree that if the only form of birth control that the group is touting is abstinence, then their poster child is absolutely wrong.

    Sexuality is a strong urge starting in puberty, and to assume that kids will see the value of abstinence is absurd. While I have no problem with teaching kids that abstaining from sex is the only way to 100% guarantee freedom from pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases, not teaching other reliable and effective forms of birth control/disease control is criminal. I appreciate the fact that Bristol completed her pregnancy to term - but she had the choice not to. Her Mother wants to take away that choice altogether. While Bristol comes from an affluent enough family that can support her choice, taking away alternate forms of birth control AND abortion, leaves the poor no alternatives at all.

    May 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Richie

    Oh, great message. Get pregnant, be on TV!

    May 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. FAYE, NV

    I think the family really need to stay away from the public. This family dysfunctional behaviors are not what we need.

    May 5, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Tammy

    I don't give a rip what Bristol Palin does, but I don't want to hear her mother squawking about Brisol's right to privacy anymore.

    May 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. chuck

    will she talk about the relationship she had with the black kid from LA,Kevin?????

    May 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Kallani

    I believe that Bristol Palin's efforts to recognize teen abstinence are commendable, but futile. She is not the best spokesperson for the organization due to her current situation. There is no point in acknowledging and attempting to correct mistakes after they have been committed. The image she currently exemplifies does not contribute to Candie's Foundation's efforts to promote this cause.

    May 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    And Mom is running as a role model to fight abuse of power in office. Bet Mom put her up to this.

    May 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Richard

    I love Palin. I would like to see her as President just to make you liberals more miserable. Theirs to much hate in your party for me. You seem to hate anybody that has something that you don't, but you don't want to go out and work for it yourself. If you worried about your own life and stayed out of mine you would be happier. All you see is the death of America under the democrats.

    May 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Spencer

    How can she get up and say with a straight face, "I know what you are going through"? Unless the other teenagers have mothers running for VP and have the father of the baby on every other talk show, there is no way Palin could understand what other teenage parents are going through.

    May 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Dana

    Bristol needs to sort out things with the father first before speaking about babies, and not letting her mom coach her how to be the mean girl,

    Levi, is the father and he deserves to see and take his child out. Yes, Palin is not the right poster child for this one.... I rather see a someone who actually don't put on a facade! She's is fake like her mom!

    May 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Toni ,middletown ct.

    the hillbilli Palin's should of thought about teen pregnany before their family was affected by it. Sarah wipe that stupid smile off your face and let these young people know what Bristol did was wrong.

    May 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Chryssa

    Hey Bristol, make sure you take a copy of the magazines you and Levi were featured in right after the baby was born.

    You know – the ones that showed your little family in a lovely kitchen with homemade muffins and fresh coffee on the counter, the two of you gazing lovingly at each other while the sweet baby slept peacefully nearby...

    Then make sure you point out to everyone how it was a total crock of crap and everything was posed and fake.

    Also, I'd like to hear what you're recommending. Certainly you won't be promoting abstinence-only education, right?

    May 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Robin

    Poor little rich girl, made a little mistake....yea right!

    May 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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