Bristol Palin talks about being a teen Momma
Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is speaking out about teen pregnancy and being a mother in an interview with a Fox News show. In the interview, Bristol, 18, talks about being a teen mom to Tripp. "It's not something to strive for, I guess.'' said Bristol, in the interview with Greta Van Susteren's On the Record show.
As you recall, Bristol's pregnancy was announced shortly after her mom got the nod to be on the GOP ticket. The teen and her boyfriend (now fiance) Levi Johnston were shown in the audience and on stage at the Republican National Convention and were applauded for their decision to keep the baby. Bristol, for her part, says that keeping the baby was her decision, not her mom's.
Sarah Palin, who was present during the interview, said that her daughter is "an amazing mom and (Tripp) is very lucky to have her as a Momma."
When asked about abstinence, Bristol said parents are just kidding themselves. "Everyone should be abstinent but it's not realistic... [sex] is more and more accepted among kids my age." The figures on teen pregnancy in the U.S. bear this out.
She added that she hopes teens take something away from what has happened to her: "I hope that people learn from my story and just like, I don't know, prevent teen pregnancy, I guess." She and Johnston plan to get married after they finish school and start their careers, she said.
And she had this very good piece of advice for any teen considering having sex: "I think everyone should just wait 10 years." I think Republicans and Democrats can cross the aisle to agree on that.
-- Sherry Robinson
[Photo: Associated Press of Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign]