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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bristol: "I didn't set out to be an author, a speaker, or a dancer, but I do have a story to tell."

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, who became a single mother at 18, came to the Brazos Valley on Saturday with a message for other young girls: Abstinence is the only sure-fire way to avoid pregnancy.

"I just want girls to know abstinence is a reasonable alternative and that all life has value," Bristol Palin said toward the end of her 10-minute speech at a charity fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit Central Texas
Orphan Mission Alliance, which takes an anti-abortion stance.
"Abstinence," Palin added, "is not about morality, it's about reality, because it's the only thing that works every time."

Those in attendance had an opportunity to meet and take photographs with the daughter of the former Alaska governor before sitting down to dinner.

After the meal, Palin, a former contestant on the Dancing with the Stars television show, addressed the audience and told her story of being "17, a high school junior, unwed, under employed and pregnant," during the summer of 2008 as her mother was campaigning for the vice presidency.

"I didn't set out to be an author, a speaker, or a dancer," she said as the crowd laughed. "But I do have a story to tell."

She told the audience in detail what it was like to sit in the living room with her baby's father, Levi, her own parents and her best friend as she told them she was pregnant, adding it was the hardest thing she'd ever done.

"I'd rather give birth five more times than go through that again," she said. (Full story here)

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