Bristol Palin just might be the most famous teen mom in the country right now, after giving birth to son Tripp Johnston with boyfriend Levi Johnston. And now the daughter of Alaska governor Sarah Palin is working to educate her peers about the realities of becoming a mom at an early age.
Bristol, 18, joined Hayden Panettiere and others as the Candie’s Foundation hosted a town hall meeting on teen pregnancy prevention for National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day in NYC.
“If I can prevent one teen from getting pregnant than I’ll complete some goals," she told reporters, reiterating her support of abstinence. “I think kids need to understand that it can happen to anyone. If you’re having sex, you have a possibility of getting pregnant. So I believe that staying abstinent is the only way you can prevent this from happening.”
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Bristol also shared some of her experience of being a young mom, revealing that her life has gone in a different direction that she originally saw for herself.
“You don’t have friends. You can’t just go to the movies or go get your hair done or anything like that. You put your baby first and it’s your responsibility," she said during the meeting. “I’m sure I would have been in college out of state, just traveling and hanging out with my friends and having a lot more freedom," she added of what her plans would’ve been without motherhood.
Bristol’s dad Todd Palin spoke exclusively to OK! about his daughter’s foray into public speaking.
“She did a great job. She understands that having a child at that age is a big responsibility and we’re proud of how she is as a mother," he told OK!. “It comes from her heart. The same message the Candies Foundation shares, so if she could prevent one teenager from getting pregnant, than it’s a success.”
The former candidate for "First Dude" revealed that having Bristol and the baby at home has changed a few things.
"It’s a little busier around the house. We all chip in a little bit, but she’s taken charge of her responsibility.”
Reporting by Laura Lane