Bristol Palin cancels college sex talk after protests

ST. LOUIS Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:03pm EST

Bristol Palin, daughter of conservative politician Sarah Palin, appears on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in New York November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Bristol Palin, daughter of conservative politician Sarah Palin, appears on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in New York November 24, 2010.

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ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Bristol Palin won't be speaking to Washington University students about teen pregnancy and abstinence after an invitation was withdrawn on Friday because of protests.

The University Student Health Advisory Committee had proposed the appearance next month as part of Student Sexual Responsibility Week, and the Student Union Treasury had approved spending $20,000 to sponsor the panel featuring Palin.

But "because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds" the committee and Palin decided against the appearance, the university said in a statement.

The daughter of Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and a relentless critic of the Obama administration, Bristol Palin, 20, became pregnant at 17 and is a single mom to a 2-year-old boy.

It was not revealed what share of the $20,000 would go to Palin.

A "No thanks, Bristol" Facebook petition against the appearance was started by College Democrats shortly after the plan was announced Wednesday and hundreds of students signed it Thursday. Others expressed displeasure during a packed meeting on the St. Louis campus.

Bristol Palin recently teamed up with Jersey Shore star "The Situation" for a public service announcement to prevent teen pregnancy, with Palin advocating abstinence.

The university has nearly 14,000 students and is among the Top 10 most expensive in the country, with costs of over $50,000 a year per student.

(Writing by Bruce Olson, Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)

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Comments (2)
HeyJude1949 wrote:
Glad the students rebelled. Ms. Palin should find another way to support herself instead of telling college students, who are probably a lot smarter than she is, what to do. If Palin wants to save someone, let her start with junior high school kids as a public service. Or better still, how about Bristol going to college to learn a reputable trade instead of living on her mama’s coattails.

Jan 28, 2011 1:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
63mlya wrote:
Having Bristol speak about sexual responsibility is like having a crackhead saying drugs are bad for you

Jan 28, 2011 2:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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