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Bristol Palin: What if she was allowed to tell the truth?

You can see her discomfort. Saying lines from her script, not really understanding what she's advocating. I've felt sorry for Bristol Palin since she first got thrown into the spotlight sitting next to her cleaned-up babydaddy Levi at the RNC.

Now she's on Good Morning America talking about being the new Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, announcing her plans to promote abstinence as the "only 100% foolproof way you can prevent pregnancy."

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And here she is on the Today Show:

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When asked how this message squared with her own non-abstinent past – despite the hard-core abstinence education, she replied:

"I'm not quite sure, I just want to go out there and promote abstinence and say, this is the safest choice. This is the choice that's going to prevent teen pregnancy and prevent a lot of heartache.

This is a long way from her previous comments that abstinence is "not realistic at all." That was back when we hoped that Bristol Palin would be the Ambassador for Abstinence-Just-Ends-Up-Getting-You-Pregnant, but no such luck.

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It was her first and last honest moment on camera, before the handlers gave her the approved script. Her intense discomfort and confusion in both is difficult to watch. How can she honestly promote something that she knows from personal experience doesn't work?

Shelby Knox, live-blogging from the Candie's Foundation event, reported that she looked

scared of saying something to hurt her mom, can't tell what she really thinks, she was not genuine at all... teens I asked thought it was sexist and left out gays youth and sex. Also thought Bristol hypocritical for preaching abstinence.

How much more good could Bristol do if she was just allowed to tell the truth?