Bristol Palin Promotes Abstinence

May 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Her mother ran for Vice-President last year and now Bristol Palin is using her life experience to try to prevent teen pregnancy. The 19-year-old gave birth to a baby boy this year and said it was too early to have a child."I don't see myself as a celebrity. I don't want to be one. I think that using this - using this experience in my life to help others is just; I think it's a blessing."

Bristol Palin had no plans of being in the spotlight until news broke of her accidental pregnancy at just seventeen. Right after her mother, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, accepted the 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nomination.

Bristol relived those moments in an interview with Good Morning America's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday morning:

Chris: "What was that like?"

Bristol: "Harder than labor. It was one of the hardest things you'll ever have to go through. And I hope that me speaking out now will prevent girls from having to do that in the future."

Bristol has become a teen ambassador for Candie's Foundation. She is using her experience as a mother to now 4-month old Tripp to promote abstinence. "This is the choice that's going to prevent teen pregnancy and prevent a lot of heartache."

However experts have their doubts about the effectiveness of such a campaign.

"Abstinence only programs have been a failure in terms of their goal, which is to completely and thoroughly prevent pregnancy. They just don't work in real life like they're supposed to," said ABC News Medical Editor Timothy Johnson.

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