Yesterday CNN reported that:
Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will participate in a town hall meeting on Wednesday to help raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention, the Candie’s Foundation announced Tuesday.
“I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie’s Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention,” Palin said in a statement released by the group. “I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy. If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment.”
A quick cruise around the Candie’s Foundation website seems to indicate that their approach to preventing teen pregnancy does not include educating teens about birth control, i.e. the only proven effective way to prevent teen pregnancy. This despite Bristol’s assertion in a February Fox News interview that telling young people to be abstinent is “not realistic at all.” Apparently sometime since then, she’s gotten back on message–her mother’s party’s message.
I’m sure the Palin camp would like us to think of this as “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” rather than “closing the barn door after the horse is gone.” More importantly, I’m sure it makes Bristol’s mommy happy to have her out there, promoting abstinence. A lot of teenagers living at home feel a strong desire to make mommy happy. Especially when you have a very powerful, charismatic mommy who is your only source of financial and emotional support.
Recently, Bristol’s former fiance, Levi Johnston, went on television and told the whole world that they had sex rather frequently as teens, that the sex was safe “most of the time”–the devil’s in the details, Levi!–and that Governor Palin knew about it.
Whether Levi was truthful or not, he got a lot of publicity for speaking his mind, so the Palin camp needs a good counter-punch. Sending Bristol out on a mea culpa tour would help burnish Sarah Palin’s somewhat tarnished image. Personally, I think Bristol would be better served by staying home, getting an education and spending time with her son. She’s little more than a kid herself, and from what I can tell, she never asked to be the poster child for teen pregnancy or abstinence or anything else.
But I think that Bristol’s best interests fell by the wayside a long time ago.