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Bristol Palin, eldest daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is scheduled to guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, the network announced Tuesday.

The appearance will mark the dramatic acting debut of the teen mom, who will play herself.

“I am thrilled to be on this show and to be a part of a program that educates teens and young adults about he consequences of teen pregnancy,” Palin, 19, said in a statement.

In the story, Palin will befriend Amy, played by Shailene Woodley, at a music program for teen moms. The episode will be filmed in Los Angeles and be shown this summer during the series’ third season.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager airs Mondays (8 p.m. EST) and costars Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Ken Baumann, among others.

“Bristol Palin is the most famous teenage mother in America,” says the show’s executive producer Brenda Hampton, whose 7th Heaven also addressed the issue of teen pregnancy. “I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we’ve been exploring for a couple of seasons now.” –Stephen M. Silverman

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