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Bristol Palin Cancels Sex Chat After Protests by Students and Kate Walsh

Bristol Palin's abstinence message has just tested negative.
/ Source: E!online

Bristol Palin's abstinence message has just tested negative.

In response to student protests, the Dancing With the Stars finalist was forced to bail on a potential speaking engagement at Washington University in St. Louis.

So just what exactly got them--and Private Practice star Kate Walsh--all riled up?

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"The student group that invited Bristol Palin to come...has mutually agreed with her not to proceed with a contract regarding Palin's participation in a panel discussion at Washington University on Feb. 7," reads a statement from the university.

The administration acknowledged undergrads were not thrilled about "student-generated funds" in the amount of $20,000 being used for a panel, an unspecified portion of which would have gone to pay the 20-year-old Bristol's fee.

As a result, "the Student Health Advisory Committee and Palin decided that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy."

Palin is a Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, which encourages abstinence to prevent teen pregnancy.

The unlikely abstinence advocate was once America's most famous pregnant teen: At age 17, just before her mom, Sarah Palin, was tapped as the Republicans' vice presidential candidate, Bristol revealed she was carrying ex-fianc Levi Johnston's baby. Since giving birth to their son, Tripp, she's been making a living telling her cautionary tale.

Unfortunately, Washington U. students didn't quite feel they needed a lecture from the unmarried mom, especially when their own money was going to fund the event. They were egged on by Walsh, a member of Planned Parenthood, who took to Twitter on Wednesday calling on students to boycott the event.

"Welcome to the Idiocracy!" Walsh tweeted in response to the planned protests.

The controversy prompted a "No Thanks" Facebook petition organized by the Wash U. College Democrats, which attracted over 1,100 members and demanded her invitation be withdrawn, so the money could be better spent on other resources, such as "competitive debate groups."

Others protesters packed meetings on campus holding signs like "Can I get paid for an accident too?"

The uproar startled organizers of the discussion who had hoped the choice of Palin would reach a wide range of students on campus.

"To be honest, I never expected the reaction would be this strong," Student Health Advisory Committee President Scott Elman told the New York Daily News. "I think it was fueled by political groups, and I think there was a mob mentality around it."

Bristol herself is "disappointed" at the turn of events. Her rep tells E! News, "Bristol was never set to speak. She was in talks with the university, they had invited her to speak as part of a panel, but she had not yet accepted. Basically what happened is that the university rescinded their invitation.

"She's disappointed in the manner in which this occurred. This is a university that has a proud tradition of encouraging free debate and ideas, and basically one of two things happened: it either bowed to pressure from people who didn't want to hear what she had to say, or it bowed to pressure from those who simply don't like her last name. Nothing can be accomplished by shutting down a speaker and their ideas."

--Additional reporting by Katie Rhames

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