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Bristol Palin to play a teen mom on TV

Though she had no qualms about becoming a single mom, Palin became an advocate for abstinence.

Bristol Palin will soon be playing herself on the small screen. Sarah Palin’s daughter, who sprung to the headlines in 2008 for her decision to become a teenaged mom, is now preparing for her acting debut on ABC Family's ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ and is rather excited.

"I am thrilled to be on this show and to be a part of a program that educates teens and young adults about the consequences of teen pregnancy," said Bristol.

The show revolves around various teenage issues and the episode dealing with teenage pregnancy will see Bristol play herself as a friend to the show's protagonist, Amy (played by Shailene Woodley).

The episode featuring Palin will be shot in Los Angeles and will be aired this summer in the third season of the series.

High-profile teen pregnancy
Brenda Hampton, executive producer of the show, thinks Bristol Palin is “the most famous teenage mother in America.”

She says the channel is “thrilled” about having her on board. “I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we've been exploring for a couple seasons now.” she said.

Other actors of the show include Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, and Ken Baumann, amongst others.

Bristol Palin suddenly sprung into the spotlight when she became pregnant in high school. She invited the wrath of concerned parents throughout the nation but took the bold decision of having the baby at the tender age of 17 years.

Later, she came on national stage, carrying a young baby, when Sarah Palin was named running mate of John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

Palin broke up with her baby’s father, Levi Johnston, in March 2009. She was seen doing several rounds of the court, seeking full custody of her little son, Tripp.

Advocating abstinence?
Though she had no qualms about being a single mom, Palin became an advocate for abstinence. Last year in May, she worked with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Candie's Foundation to let youngsters know about the adverse consequences of teenage pregnancy.

Though she had once told Fox News that abstinence is “not realistic at all,” Bristol Plain appeared on Good Morning America to encourage abstinence.

“Regardless of what I did personally, abstinence is the only 100 percent foolproof way you can prevent pregnancy,” she said.