"Pause before you play," the 19-year-old says in a new PSA aimed at preventing teen pregnancy

By Blane Bachelor
April 07, 2010 10:45 AM
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It’s a powerful PSA aimed to give teens a jolt of reality: Bristol Palin speculating about the hardships she’d face as a teenage single mom if she weren’t from a famous, supportive family.

In the 30-second spot, Palin, 19, appears with son Tripp, 1, and asks several rhetorical questions, like, “What if I didn’t come from a famous family?” and “What if I didn’t have all these opportunities?” The PSA ends with Palin wearing a white T-shirt and minimal makeup in a bare-bones living room, with Tripp in the background. She says: “Believe me, it wouldn’t be pretty.”

She then advises viewers to “Pause before you play.”

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Palin, who was pregnant during mom Sarah’s bid as a vice-presidential candidate, has been an outspoken advocate for teen pregnancy prevention. “Girls need to imagine and picture their life with a screaming newborn baby and then think before they have sex,” she told PEOPLE in a cover story last May. “Think about the consequences.”
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