Last night Bristol Palin gave an interview to Greta van Susteren, and without her parents’ permission since she’s now 18. She did give her parents a day’s notice (and Gov GILF shows up in part 2, holding Tripp, to give her insight into the matter). 

Bristol wishes things had gone differently and admits that abstinence is not realistic:

I wished it would have happened in, like, 10 years so I could have a job and an education and be, like, prepared and have my own house and stuff. But he brings so much joy, I don’t regret it at all. I just wish it would have happened in 10 years, rather than right now.

She discusses her future with Levi:

Eventually, we’d like to get married. We’re focusing on, like, getting through school and just getting an education and stuff, getting a career going. 

Despite an extended family that looks after Tripp while she’s at school, Bristol’s been faced with the difficulties of having a baby:

And just you’re up all night. And it’s not glamorous at all. Like, your whole priorities change after having a baby.

Bristol has some words of experience:

It’s not something to strive for, I guess. It’s just — I don’t know. I’m not the first person that it’s happened to and I’m not going to be the last. But I don’t know. I’d love for — to be an advocate to prevent teen pregnancy because it’s not, like, a situation that you want to strive for, I guess.

Greta tries to pry about  whether or not Levi and Bristol were using birth control, but Bristol deflects the question and says that abstinence isn’t the answer:

I don’t want to get into detail about that. 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….o see stories like this and to see other stories of teen moms and just — it’s something that’s — I don’t know, just — you should just wait 10 years and it’d just be so much easier.

And  while in the past her mom Gov GILF  has spoken in favor of contraception and would

like to see fewer and fewer abortions,

when dropping in on her daughter’s interview, Palin waffles a bit and tries to stress abstinence, while still kinda supporting birth control:

So you get behind that, that ideal of, yes, abstinence, you know? Hey, don’t get pregnant. Well, get beyond that when it happens, and then you deal with it. Life happens. Life happens and you deal with it, and Bristol’s dealing with it wonderfully.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.