Yesterday on NBC’s Today, Bristol Palin, the daughter of former VP candidate and Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) said something that I’ve been saying for a long time: “Abstinence is the only 100% foolproof way to prevent teen pregnancy.” This comes after her comments on FOX News’s On the Record earlier this year when she said, “I think abstinence is, like — like, the — I don’t know how to put it — like, the main — everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it’s not realistic at all. … Because it’s [sex is] more and more accepted now.”
Go ahead and watch the full interview from the Today show, courtesy of MSNBC and NBC:
I agree with Bristol here. Abstinence is the ONLY way to ensure that you don’t get pregnant. It’s just that simple. There is no other guaranteed way to avoid getting pregnant. It’s just that simple. But Bristol is right in what she said on FOX earlier this year – teens being sexually active is becoming more common and more accepted. That doesn’t mean that this is an excuse for teens having sex. In my opinion, it’s not that hard not to have sex. Others may disagree, but there are plenty of people out there who will back me up in saying that saying, “No” isn’t as hard as some people would make you think it is.
Personally, I think that we need to emphasize abstinence as the only way to guarantee against pregnancy, but for teens who are sexually active, they need to use some sort of method of birth control. Whether or not that will help, I don’t know. I wouldn’t think that 16- and 17-year-olds would need to be taught about condoms and other forms of birth control – I think there’s enough mention of that in the media already, but apparently I’m wrong (either that or people just figure that they won’t get pregnant because “it won’t happen to me”).
I think Bristol’s story is a great testimony to other teens. While some may view her as a hypocrite, I think many will view her as someone who went through a lot of hard times and doesn’t want to see other people go through what she went through.
As always, I wish Bristol and Tripp the very best, and to Bristol: good luck on sharing your story with other teens. I hope people listen – God bless both of you and your family.