Bristol Palin Campaigning For Abstinence

NEW YORK (AP) -- Unwed mother Bristol Palin said Wednesday that abstinence is a realistic way for teens to avoid unwanted pregnancy - a view not shared by the father of her infant son.

Palin, the 19-year old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she wishes she'd waited to have sex.

Bristol Palin was in New York Wednesday to help promote National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day.

In the interview, Palin said abstinence is the safest and best choice for teens.

"Regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only way you can effectively, 100 percent foolproof way you can prevent pregnancy," she said.

Palin's comments are a turnaround from what she told Fox News in February, that teens should avoid sex, but abstinence is "not realistic at all."

Levi Johnston, Palin's former fiance and the father of her 4-month old baby, Tripp, echoed that earlier view, saying Wednesday abstinence is "not realistic" for young people. He said sexually active teens need to learn about contraception as well.

"Abstinence is a great idea," Johnston told "CBS This Morning" in an interview. "But I also think you need to enforce, you know, condoms and birth control and other things like that to have safe sex. I don't just think telling young kids, 'You can't have sex,' it's not going to work."

Johnston said he and Palin had used condoms but occasionally had slipped up. That's how Tripp was conceived, Johnston said.

Palin said Tripp is getting chubby and is starting to giggle. She called him "the love of my life," but said she wished she could have had him later in life.

Sarah Palin announced her daughter's pregnancy on Sept. 1, days after Sen. John McCain picked her to be his Republican vice presidential running mate.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Sam, if this continues just contact Chris Moss at the station. You can email him. He will tell if something is wrong or will post it. The station had liberals too but also has conservatives as well. I posted as well and it didn't show up. No language, no violations so now, I copy and past them in word, save and resend.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 7, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Hey WITN why was my post not up here? There was absolutely nothing wrong with what I said, unless if there might be something I'm missing. Other than that, although, I don't fully agree with Bristol, but I respect her opinion, and I can tell that she at least cares about other people, because otherwise, she would have not been up there campaigning. I tend to agree with Levi on what he said. There is no need to keep bashing the Palins for what mistake Bristol made. I know that every one of you who bash her has made mistakes before. Even I make mistakes, but you don't see me trashtalking her. I know one things for sure. Trashtalking someone keeps you from being perfect.
  • by Dave on May 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    I absolutely REFUSE to read anything like this again.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    My parents telling me not to have sex before marriage, worked when I was growing up. Would not have even thought about it. But then again that was so long ago....
  • by OneMoreTime on May 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    I get it. Stop! Don't! Stop! Don't.....Don't Stop! Don't Stop!
  • by neurotek17 Location: long island on May 6, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    Give me a break. some kid who was honest enough to say initially that abstinence isnt realistic! NOT a good ambassador. how about someone with something intelligent to say? like herpes, HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, Hepatitis etc. the pregnancy isnt the ONLY reason! wake up America..
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    These two teens were living together in her mother's house. Now they all want to become advocates for abstinence. I think the only reason they are preaching to others is because the two teens did not get married. Practice what you preach before not afterwards.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    This story has inpregnated me with knowledge.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    Sick of all Palins.
  • by Dave on May 6, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    I could have WENT WITHOUT reading this story.
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