Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Eagle: Bristol Palin talks abstinence at Brazos fundraiser

Mayor Bienski: Bristol's accomplished more in 20 years than most people in a lifetime
From deep in the heart of Texas, via Bryan-College Station's The Eagle:
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."


The difficulties of being an unwed teen mother, she said, were compounded by the media's depiction of her family as one from "outer space."

Karen Hall, president of CTOMA, said she and the board decided last May to book Palin for the fundraising event that Hall described as the largest yet for the organization.

Beyond helping orphaned and neglected children in third-world countries, CTOMA on a local level will soon operate a free health-screening clinic out of its new headquarters on 29th Street in Bryan. The organization also will provide ultrasounds and health education information free of charge when construction and renovations on the new building are complete.

CTOMA also operates a program to get food to needy elderly in Bryan-College Station.

The Eagle's report notes that the crowd responded to Bristol's speech with a round of "loud" applause.

- JP

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