Bristol Palin touts abstinence on 'The Today Show'

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Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has been making the morning chat show rounds to promote her new role as teen advocate for abstinence.

She appeared this morning on the "Today Show" with her infant son Tripp in tow. She also appeared on "Good Morning America."

Palin, 18, taken position as teen ambassador for the Candie's Foundation -- an organization dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy through abstinence. Palin has had to do a bit of damage control after making statements to Fox News that abstinence isn't realistic -- statements she later said were taken out of context.
Seated next to her father with a peacefully sleeping Tripp on her lap, Palin fielded questions from Matt Lauer on "Today" about her plans to work with the Candie's Foundation.

"He's not a mistake at all. he's a blessing. It's just a lot of hard work and a lot of responsibility."

While she declined to talk about the recent publicity efforts of her baby's daddy -- Levi Johnston -- Palin did say that she hopes he'll be part of Tripp's life.

Lauer asked whether Brisol's jaunt in the public eye while reaping "the joys of motherhood" could send the wrong message to teens.

"I'm just out here trying to tell teens that this is a real hard job. It's a real job. It's a 24-hour a day job. It's not like an accessory on your hip."

Palin reiterated her do-as-I-say stance on teen sex, and touted abstinence as the only 100 percent effective form of birth control.

"Learn from my example," she said.

Lauer asked Todd Palin whether it was possible to encourage abstinence and safe sex simultaneously.

"It's kind of a fine line you're walking," said Todd Palin. "Sharing Bristol's experience with other teenagers -- the mistake that she had here over a year ago -- you know, if she could prevent one teenager from getting pregnant it would be great."

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Palin reiterated her do-as-I-say stance on teen sex, and touted abstinence as the only 100 percent effective form of birth control.

Do-as-I-say-not-as-I've-done, you mean. I love this. Thank god someone like Bristol is there to stand up for all unwed teenage mothers and bravely say "abstinence didn't work for me... or all these others, but surely it must work for someone!"

That abstinence is the only 100% GUARENTEED effective form of birth control, it's true (except when the pesky gods intervene). But saying it's the ONLY form of birth control is idiotic. Bristol Palin is proof. And it drives me up a wall to hear her dance around the issue by saying things like "I don't regret having a baby, I regret having a baby this soon." If there were only some magic potion that would've substantially reduced her chances of having a kid. If only, if only...

This is like a convicted drunk driver saying "I screwed up, but I believe others will learn from my example. Don't consider public transit, or assigning a DD, or education about drinking. The only solution is to not drink." As soon as you have a second drunk driver, that argument is invalid.

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