Bristol Palin: Abstinence Not Realistic For All Teens


sarah palin, bristol palin, teen pregnancyBristol Palin, Gov. Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter, went public for the first time since giving birth last December amidst her mother's run for vice president of the United States. In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, she said having a child is not "glamorous," and that telling young people to be abstinent is "not realistic at all."

When her mother ran for governor of Alaska back in 2006, she supported an abstinence-only program for teens. Naturally, the announcement of Bristol's pregnancy drew a lot of attention from both Palin supporters and detractors. Supporters saw the teen's pregnancy as proof of  the governor's pro-life stance, while detractors suggested that the governor was forcing her daughter's decision, perhaps against her will.

Neither is true, according to Bristol Palin, who says the decision to have and keep the baby was all hers. The 18-year-old, who is still in school during the day, said she is being helped tremendously by her mother, grandmother, cousins and other family members. She is engaged to teen father Levi Johnston, who has dropped out of school and is now working for his father--they have no immediate plans for marriage.

"It's just, like, I'm not living for myself anymore. It's, like, for another person, so it's different," Bristol Palin said. "And you're up all night. And it's not glamorous at all. Like, your whole priorities change after having a baby." She added that she wished that she waited another 10 years to have a baby. Still, she says her son Tripp is "awesome."

What's your take on Bristol Palin's interview? Were you or are you a teen mother? Do you wish you had waited 10 more years to have a baby, or are you glad things happened the way they did?



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mommy... mommyheymommy

Sounds like reality has set in with her.  She is very fortunate in having so much help, because many teen moms don't have that luxury.

mom23... mom23boys679

I'm glad she's realizing things. To be honest like she has been though, and actually hearing her speak it to the public, means a lot.

gonna... gonnahavababy

I think she did great for an 18 yr old and she is putting it out there for young girls to know that its not a game its another life, I dont agree with the father dropping out a baby is not a reason for dropping outespecially if there are all these people helping, I was 17 when I got pregnant and I did leave school but I went  back after and got my GED

Julie... Julie411me

I saw the interview and I thought she was a bit more well spoken than the article above would lead one to believe.  I didn't catch her using the word "like" three times in one breath, like the passage reads.  I thought she was very poised for a high school senior.

It seems she would like to become an advocate for teen moms and she could do a lot of good in that way, for a cause such as shaken baby syndrome or teen prenatal care.  Perhaps she will, if the media would allow her to step out of the clown-like shadow they have created for her mother.

MoonL... MoonLover06

I agree that abstinence only is not the way to go.  I actually find it offensive that they teach that in schools. 

abarnes6 abarnes6

<<and that telling young people to be abstinent is "not realistic at all.">>

Why not? Cause you can't keep your panties on? I was not a teen mother, I had my first baby at 21 (got preg at 20). My husband was 17 when I got pregnant but he was also in the Navy and we were already married. It's hard to wait, not impossible!

Maybe dropping out will be good for the father, he can get his GED and start college classes while he is working.

sweet... sweet-a-kins

one thing her and I agree on. Her moms political ideals are not realistic!

Fawn80 Fawn80

I agree that it is not very realistic to tell young people to be abstinent.  Just teaching abstinence is not enough.  They need to be taught about abstinence, safe sex, and making the right choices in general.  Most teens do not understand that they DO have choices.  Peer pressure would lead them to believe that they do not.  It truely DOES take a village to raise a child.  Unfortunately, in this day and age, most parents forget that mantra, and "forget" to be involved in their children's lives.

carol... carolina.mommy

I find it offensive that blow jobs and gay sex are taught in school.  I am going to teach my kids abstinence.  My 10 year old already knows that sex has consequences  and the ONLY way to avoid those consequences is to avoid sex.  It's common sense.
Before sex ed was taught in school, the teen pregnancy rate was FAR FAR below what it has become.  And there is no such thing as coincidence.  I got pregnant at 18 and had my daughter when I was 19. I am damn lucky I never got pregnant before then.   If our culture would stop glamorizing sex maybe kids would find something else to do.


raine... raine.arnesen

It's not unrealistic to ask young people to be abstinent, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. It's not impossible, I know people who've waited until they were married or out of highschool. Get some self control.

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