Bristol Palin says abstinence "not realistic"

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin supports abstinence-only sex ed, but her daughter -- herself a new mother -- apparently comes down on the other side of the issue.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 17, 2009 4:20PM (EST)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin supports abstinence-only sex education. Her daughter, however, may be a different story.

Monday night, Fox News broadcast an interview that its Greta Van Susteren conducted with 18-year-old Bristol Palin, who recently became the mother of a baby boy. During the interview, Van Susteren brought up the inevitable question, asking, "I don't want to pry to personally, but I mean, actually, contraception is an issue here. Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have a philosophical or religious opposition to it or...?"

"No. I don't want to get into detail about that," Palin responded. "But 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."

Of course, Palin was only saying what most of us already know -- abstinence-only programs don't work.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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