Abstinence is A 'Realistic' Option for Teens: Bristol Palin

by VR Sreeraman on  May 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM Sexual Health News   - G J E 4
 Abstinence is A 'Realistic' Option for Teens: Bristol Palin
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, an 18-year-old unwed mother, says that abstinence is a 'realistic' option for teenagers.

Bristol, who is a Teen Ambassador to The Candie's Foundation, did a turnabout on May 6 with her views on teen sex, and told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she wished she had waited to have sex.

She also said that abstinence was a realistic way for teens to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

"Regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only way you can effectively, 100 percent foolproof way you can prevent pregnancy," Fox News quoted her as saying.

The teenage mom had in a February 16 interview said that while teens should wait to have sex, advocating abstinence was unrealistic.

"I think abstinence is ... I don't know how to put it ... everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it's not realistic at all," she had said at the time.

Levi Johnston, Palin's former fiance and the father of her baby Tripp, echoed that earlier view, saying that abstinence was "not realistic" for young people.

He said that sexually active teens needed to learn about contraception as well.

"Abstinence is a great idea," Johnston told "CBS This Morning" in an interview.

"But I also think you need to enforce, you know, condoms and birth control and other things like that to have safe sex. I don't just think telling young kids, 'You can't have sex,' it's not going to work," he added.

Source: ANI

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