Bristol Palin on Life as a Teen Mom - "Think About the Consequences"

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Recently, Bristol Palin went public with her renewed faith in abstinence-only sex education. If anyone should be the voice of Don't Do It, it's this high-profile teen mom -- after all, Palin knows what she's talking about: Her son Tripp was born in December, and Palin and fiancé Levi Johnston are now struggling to come to some kind of agreement about vistation and support. So what's Palin saying about having a baby at 18? "Girls need to imagine and picture their life with a screaming newborn baby and then think before they have sex," she told PEOPLE magazine this week. "Think about the consequences."

Good advice, that.

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    Bristol Palin (pictured here at the 2008 Republican National Convention with brother Trig) says that "Girls need to imagine and picture their life with a screaming newborn baby and then think before they have sex."

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    Bristol Palin has changed her mind about abstinence; she's back on board and is speaking out about why teens should not have sex. Palin and ex-fiance Levi Johnston are the parents of a baby boy, Tripp, born in December.

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    "We both love each other," Levi Johnston, 18, told the AP in a rare interview about his relationship with 18-year-old Bristol Palin. "We both want to marry each other. And that's what we are going to do."

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    Levi Johnston called himself a "redneck' on his MySpace page.

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    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd have five children with short, masculine and certainly unique names: Track, 19, Bristol, 18, (with Levi Johnston), Willow, 14, Piper, 7, and Trig, 8 months (not pictured). Read More

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    Sarah Palin initially hid her pregnancy with Trig from the public, causing rumors that Trig was her grandson via Bristol.

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    Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband Todd, and daughters Bristol,16, right, and Piper, 5, at the end of a 2006 inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. Palin, 42, is the first female and youngest governor of Alaska.

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    "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," read a statement by the Palin when Trig was born on April 18. "We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

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    "Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned," the Palins's statement said when they announced her pregnancy. "As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows that she has our unconditional love and support."

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    Chuck Heath, 70, (pictured with wife Sally), Sarah Palin's father, said gift boxes for his newest grandson are piling up in the governor's mail room from all over the world. There's no way the family will ever be able to answer every letter, he said, although they are trying.

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For Palin, the consequences of her choice to be sexually active include juggling two part time jobs and caring for her 5-month-old son, Tripp, all while living in her parents' Wasilla, AK, home. Tripp sleeps in a crib in Bristol's room, and typically wakes twice during the night for feedings, which the teen mom handles herself. This month, Palin graduated from Wasilla High, although she missed most of her senior year and spent graduation night at home with her extended family, not out with her friends and classmates.

Is she sorry? No, she tells PEOPLE, because "I have other things to worry about."

But she does see her story as a cautionary tale, one that she's hoping to share with other teens. "If girls realized the consequences of sex, nobody would be having sex," Palin says firmly. "Trust me. Nobody." Palin hopes to take that story directly to vulnerable kids, as an advocate for teen pregnancy prevention.

Bristol Palin has gotten a bad rap, primarily for things that were beyond her control, like her mother's Vice Presidential campaign. But she seems to be a level-headed kid who is making the best of a tough situation, and who is turning into quite role model.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.