Bristol Palin no longer thinks abstinence-only education is ‘realistic’

Bristol Palin, oldest daughter of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has given her first interview since giving birth to baby Tripp to Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. So, is Bristol going to run for president in 2012? No, silly! Of course not! Bristol wants to become some kind of advocate for teen pregnancy, I think.

The biggest news out of the interview is that Bristol thinks telling teenagers to simply be abstinent is “not realistic at all”. Duh. That’s what we’ve been saying. Thank you for joining us, Bristol. I have to hand it to Bristol though, to so publicly criticize a position her mother holds (though her mother got knocked up before marriage as well), and to do it on Fox News, the mothership.

Bristol also talked about her “eventual” marriage to Levi – it doesn’t sound like she’s really trying to get him down the aisle. Maybe it has something to do with her mother’s feelings on Levi’s family. People has more:

Hoping to set an example for others with her own experience, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol Palin, would now like to become an advocate for preventing teen pregnancy.

“Everyone should wait 10 years,” the younger Palin told Greta Van Susteren on a Fox News segment that aired Monday night. “I hope people learn from my story … It’s so much easier if you’re married, have a house and career. It’s not a situation you want to strive for.”

Palin, 18, also said in the interview – her first since the teen made headlines last summer during Sarah Palin’s GOP vice-presidential campaign – that her mother’s view of abstinence, especially in regard to teenagers, is “not realistic at all.”

Bristol further stated that although her mother is an outspoken Right to Life advocate, “It was my choice to have the baby. It doesn’t matter what my mom’s views are on it. It was my decision.”

Recounting how she first informed her parents, Todd and Sarah Palin, of her condition, Bristol said she gathered her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, and her best friend, but that getting the words out of her mouth was “harder than labor.”

The friend broke the news to the parents, said Bristol, who also described Johnston as a “hands-on dad.” She added, “Eventually we’d like to get married.

As for her new situation, “I like being a mom,” said Bristol. “I love it, just seeing him smile and stuff. It’s awesome.”

Appearing late in the interview, carrying her grandson Tripp Johnston, Gov. Palin said, “Hey, life happens.” Of her unwed, teenage daughter’s pregnancy, she said, “Not the most ideal situation, certainly you make the most of it.”

From People Magazine

I’m really starting to wonder if Bristol and Levi really want to get married. Levi has always seemed to be, at best, going with the flow, and at worst, a hostage to the Palin family. Both Sarah Palin and her husband Todd have publicly proclaimed their interest in seeing Bristol run down the aislet, but I tend to think that’s just for appearances’ sake.

So will Bristol really become some sort of advocate for not-just-abstinence-only sex education? Doubtful, but I do admire the fact that Bristol so publicly proclaimed her indifference to her mother’s policies. There’s hope for her yet.

A then-pregnant Bristol Palin and her fiance, Levi Johnston, are shown at the RNC on 9/4/08. Credit: UPI/Newscom

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  1. EnKay says:

    Is she living with her parents? Does anyone know?

  2. mel says:

    I think she realizes becoming a young mom is not easy as she thought so walking down the isle right now may not be the thing to do. I also like the fact that she has her own realistic views on pre-marital sex and necessarily endorsing her mother’s.

  3. dude wtf says:

    Sorry to say, but she’s right. You show me a handful of high school seniors whos a virgin. Or never messed around w/ a guy, I will give you $50. I graduated from high school 5 years ago & I knew a very few girls who had never messed around w/ a boy. Its sad but its the truth!

  4. kiki says:

    I say she has another baby before shes out of her teens. I hope they dont get a shot-gun marriage It seems her mother is pushing that on them.
    Sarah Palin was knocked up before she got married?

  5. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    “Bristol further stated that although her mother is an outspoken Right to Life advocate, “It was my choice to have the baby. It doesn’t matter what my mom’s views are on it. It was my decision.”

    And THAT, right there, is the basis of PRO-CHOICE, thankyouverymuch. It was HER choice. Not the government’s choice, not some activist group’s choice, her choice. And if her choice had been to say “OMG I am WAY too young and cannot raise a child” and got an abortion? Then that would have been her choice, too.

  6. SolitaryAngel says:

    Ok, Kaiser–you can’t just dump that wonderful little tidbit “her mother (Sarah) was knocked up too before she was married” and NOT tell us everything else!! Tell!! Tell!!

  7. Deana says:

    Wonder will she finish school? Does he work to help take care of the baby? Or do the people of Alaska have to take care of that baby to.

  8. Kaiser says:

    Oh! You girls didn’t know that Sarah Palin was knocked up before she got married? She and Todd “eloped” (shotgun elopement) and something like six months later, the oldest son was born.

  9. clare says:

    anastasiab, I agree.
    She’s exhibiting a whole lot more intelligence than her mother,imo.

  10. kate says:

    i also think she may be smarter than her mother.

  11. SolitaryAngel says:

    Thanks, Kaiser! Is there a link I could have to find out more? Appreciate it if you have time…

  12. minx says:

    Bristol is smarter and more honest than her mom.

  13. M.E. says:

    Thank you, Bristol. Thank you thank you. My hat is off to you.

  14. Annie says:

    Rofl. Yea, I about died when I heard that the first time a while back.

    Such hypocrisy and self-importance that woman has.

    And all I have to say is: Wow. At least one member of that moronic family sees the light.

    After the fact.

  15. Diva says:

    Sarah & Todd eloped and married on August 29, 1988….

    Track Palin was born on April 20, 1989.

    So, he was either already incubating, or he was premature.

    No one’s ever going to know for sure, she’ll make sure of it.

  16. Simon Scowl says:

    Where did Sarah Palin say she believed in abstinence-only sex education?

  17. Simon Scowl says:

    Or I should say, where did she say that was the only option?

  18. Jess says:

    dude wtf:

    I couldn’t agree more. I think I was the only girl who in my high school class whow was still a virgin.

    Didn’t lose it until I was 25…and married that same man two years later.

  19. Patrice says:

    Good for her! It could not have been easy for her t o stand up to her crazy ass mother so publicly.Then again, I have heard reports from day 1 that Sarah had a “difficult time controling” her eldest daughter…

  20. NotBlonde says:

    Yea…no shit, dumbass. I was a virgin until about 5 months after I graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be one of those girls who did it then. I wanted to be able to say I lost it in college.

    Anywho, Bristol Palin has proved herself to be both pro-choice and anti-abstinence only education. Interesting.

  21. hello says:

    Nice to see that she has a realistic view on sex-ed. I saw part of this interview and she surprised me because she sounded pretty well informed on the subject (although she does belong to the appropriate demographic to know what’s really going on with people that age).

    She also surprised me with her honesty…she said that she didn’t regret the baby, but she wishes it had happened 10 years from now. I’m surprised she was allowed to say such things.

  22. becca says:

    How…interesting. At least Bristol seems to have a little bit of common sense.

    I’m just waiting for her and Levi to NEVER get married. That would be the biggest slap in the face to her satan of a mother. And I would cheer. But they probably will in a few years, and I say good for them for waiting.

  23. becca says:

    Oh yeah, and to dude wtf: I can name you high school senior girls that were virgins. Me, my current roommate, and my closest friends from high school.

  24. Kirsten says:

    “It was my choice to have the baby.”

    My jaw dropped at this! Girl’s got some cajones to stand up to Mom like that. Did anyone see the Samantha Bee segment of the Daily Show where she went to the Republican National Convention and had them all talk about what a “great decision” Bristol was making by having the baby, and then she would say things like, “ah yes, what’s another word for ‘decision’? I forget. Starts with ‘chhh… chhh… choooii…’ Choi-something.” None of them would say the word.

  25. tigerlille says:

    It seems to me that things have worked out just fine for Bristol, and she deserves it. (In my opinion, Sarah Palin exploited Bristol’s situation shamelessly.) Weren’t she and Levi paid $300,000 for the ‘first’ photos of their baby? It’s nice to have some financial independence at such a young age. Just keep the money in your name, honey!

  26. eternalcanadian says:

    wasn’t it the bush administration that brought in the abstinence-only sex education policy and if schools taught otherwise they lost funding from the dept. of education? i wonder if obama’s administration will do something and start pushing an inclusive sex education policy (while strongly supporting abstinence also includes frank information about contraceptives and safer sex).

  27. Scooter says:

    Welcome to the 21st century, Bristol. Abstinence-only has never been realistic, some people are just too squeamish to tell it like it is when it comes to sexual education.

  28. College Guy says:

    Too bad she didn’t come to this realization before getting knocked up. Wonder how her Mama feels about these statements, kind goes against he adamant pro-life stance.

  29. healthy sex says:

    i believe that bristol will and should cleaver that the mom