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Bristol Palin: Abstinence-Only Plan Doesn’t Work

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Posted on Feb 17, 2009
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New parents: Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin on the campaign trail in this photo from last fall’s McCain-Palin U.S. tour.

Last fall, Bristol Palin became a controversial figure in her mother Sarah Palin’s vice presidential bid when it was revealed, not long after the elder Palin took to the campaign trail, that the teenaged Bristol was pregnant by her high school boyfriend. Now Bristol has re-emerged to make a few comments that run against her mom’s approach to teen sex ed.


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Her parents insisted that she and her boyfriend hash out a “game plan” immediately. And now her parents and relatives are all pitching in to help take care of the child, particularly when Bristol is at school during the day.

[Fox News’ Greta] Van Susteren was delicate with the teenager but pointedly asked if “contraception is an issue here.”

“Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have philosophical or religious opposition to it,” Van Susteren asked.

Bristol quickly answered that she didn’t want to get into specifics. The best option is abstinence, the teen said, but added that she didn’t think that was “realistic.”

While her mother was running for vice president, the teenager said her treatment in the media was “evil.” She said she read some of the tabloids that wrote about her. People didn’t understand, she said, and some media reports perpetuated falsehoods about her experience.

“They thought that, like, my mom was going to make me have the baby, and it was my choice to have the baby,” she said. “And it’s just—that kind of stuff just bothered me.”

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By Karen, February 19, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment
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Sarah and Todd have a rather bizarre view on choice, but not unusual. They want choice to be illegal for everyone, but they want their daughter to have a choice. Would they have backed her had she decided not to have the baby?

No plans to marry Levi, but they are engaged. My guess is he doesn’t have health care and if she stays on her dad’s then she and the baby are both covered.

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By samosamo, February 18, 2009 at 7:36 am Link to this comment

And more of w’s handy work bearing fruit.

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By hippy pam, February 18, 2009 at 6:51 am Link to this comment

to tobias…..The POINT is-no sex-keep her legs together-don’t do “the wild thing”-no “freakin”-in other words…....ABSTAIN from having sexual intercourse….and this girl was allowed to go out and get “knocked up”.....ALLOWED because her mother was to busy “playing POLITICIAN” to be aware of her childs LACK OF KNOWLEDGE and LACK OF CONCERN for the CONSEQUENCES her actions…..And she probably FELL FOR that old line “I know you love me if you let me” or “all our friends are doin it” or “I’ll use protection”.
    Bristol CAN"T say she DID NOT KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES of indulging in sexual intercourse.Even if “protection” was employed-there could have been problems-Pregnancy or an STD come to mind….She MUST[statistically] know one or more teens in the same situation..And-I’m sure- her religious [supposed] parents are AGAINST ABORTION.
    Bristol Palin DID NOT PRACTICE ABSTINENCE…She COULD NOT have gotten pregnant.Would not have gotten pregnant.
    I know “ole moose turd” wants us to believe SHE is a special person-destined for “BIG THINGS”....
    But her daughter ain’t the VIRGIN MARY and LEVI ain’t the reincarnation of JESUS….And this ain’t NO VIRGIN BIRTH…..These kids had SEX and now there is a baby…..That is HOW ANIMALS REPRODUCE…..

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By jcbrap, February 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment

The point is Tobias, it’s the hypocrisy.  OK?  Get it now?  Those who preach no sex, then go out and do it and have babies out of wedlock…see?

It’s about the hypocrisy.  People don’t like being preached to by people that can’t bother to follow their own preachings.

It’s like Republicans, who ran up the national debt and spent more than any other Congress in the 8 years of the Bush administration, now telling us how bad it is to spend money on a stimulus package that could help people who have been laid off and are losing their homes through no fault of their own.

Get it? Getting through to you now? HYPOCRISY or HYPOCRITE.  That’s how you spell right wing religious conservative Republicans who espouse abstinance only as some type of workable solution in today’s world.

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By Tobias, February 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment
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Has anyone actually *watched* the noted video? Seriously? See, the media is playing this big hype game because someone who argues for abstinence education had it happen to them. Now, because it didn’t work here, the argument is made that it won’t work anywhere.

I tried, I really tried to think better of the media, but just follow the link and (inside the full article) there is a link which says, quote: “Watch Bristol Palin say that abstinence is ‘not realistic at all’”

Just go watch the clip that it links to. Go, do it real quick.

Now tell me: Did Bristol Palin say that? Really? Because I was listening pretty hard and I didn’t hear it. I’m not saying she couldn’t have said it somewhere else, and I’m not saying that Bristol *didn’t* say it, but if you are trying to make a serious argument against a reasonably popular theory, you should *take the other side seriously*.

Anyway, the media is making this out to be some big proof against abstinence education, but using this as an argument is a flop. I mean, there are a few valid arguments against the idea I suppose, but if you don’t use the *valid* ones, you make yourself look like an idiot. Like CNN did.

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By hippy pam, February 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

I have no sympathy for this girl-her boyfriend-the Palins-the boys parents-none of them…..They brought this on with their teaching-or lack thereof…their morals-or lack therof..
and the Adults were being just to busy to pay attention to what the CHILDREN were doing….

In Sarahs case-she was to busy playing politician….

In the boys moms case-she was to busy making/selling drugs….
This is a GREAT SET of Grand Parents….
Yep-I know….I’m a mean unfeeling bitch…..

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