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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