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.
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.”