Bristol Palin urges teens to abstain from sex
Nearly a year after becoming the most celebrated pregnant, unmarried teenager in the United States, Bristol Palin is launching off on a campaign to encourage teens NOT to have sex to avoid getting pregnant.
After shying away from the spotlight since her mother Sarah — John McCain’s vice presidential running mate — announced that her then 17-year-old daughter was pregnant, Bristol did a series of interviews today to announce explain her plans.
“Regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only way that you can effectively, 100 percent foolproof way to prevent pregnancy,” she said on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, while avoiding a direct answer to a question about how she ended up expecting.
“I want to go out there and promote abstinence and just say – this is the safest choice. This is going to prevent teen pregnancy and prevent a lot of heartache,” she said. “Learn from my example.”
Asked if she thought her pregnancy was a mistake she said on NBC’s “Today Show” about her son Tripp: “He’s not a mistake, he’s a blessing. But it’s just a lot of work, a lot of responsibility … it’s not like an accessory on your hip, it’s hard work.”
Palin said telling her parents she was pregnant was “harder than labor” and one of the most difficult things she ever had to do.
“I hope that me speaking out now will prevent girls from having to do that in the future.”
Bristol declined to give any details about her relationship with Tripp’s father, Levi Johnston, who has made his own circuit of the television chat shows in recent weeks.
Photo credit: REUTERS/John Gress (Bristol Palin holds her baby brother Trig at campaign event last year)