Bristol Palin Made $262K to Preach Teen Abstinence

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So, just what does an ambassador for teen pregnancy prevention make these days, anyway?

If you're Bristol Palin, that would be $262,500.

ABC News reports Palin, 20, who was 18 when she had a baby with her former fiance, Levi Johnston, was paid that amount by the Candie's Foundation for preaching abstinence.

"What if I didn't come from a famous family?" Palin asks in a PSA for the nonprofit organization. "What if I didn't have their support? What if I didn't have all of these opportunities? Believe me, it wouldn't be pretty."

ABC News says the money is nearly seven times the amount spent on other teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

In a news release, the Candie's Foundation defends its partnership with Palin.

"Bristol Palin's work with the Foundation, including multiple television and print PSAs, viral video, town hall meetings and numerous media interviews has resulted in more than 1 billion media impressions," the release state. "This is an unprecedented reach for a teen pregnancy prevention campaign."

Earlier this week, ABC News reports, the CDC released a new report stating that the rate of teen girls giving birth in the United States has dropped by about 40 percent.

"There is no one-size-fits-all way to prevent teen pregnancy," the CDC's Dr. Wanda Barfield tells the network. "Only 50 percent of high school students are getting comprehensive sexual education, including abstinence and contraception."

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