Published January 28, 2011
Bristol Palin will not be bringing her abstinence message to Washington University's Sexual Responsiblity Week.
Washington University issued a statement to FOX411 Friday, saying "The student group that invited Bristol Palin to come to Washington University in St. Louis 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."
"Because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the Student Health Advisory Committee and Palin decided that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy," the statement continued.
Bristol Palin is the Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation fighting teen pregnancy. The controversy referred to in the release involved "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh's call for students to boycott Palin's speech should she decide to attend.
“Welcome to the Idiocracy! RT @elliekirsh: @katewalsh please join students at Wash.U. to boycott Bristol Palin's speech on abstinence. What does she know about college or abstaining?” Walsh tweeted.
The college’s Student Health Advisory Committee was granted a $20,000 funding request by the Student Union Treasury to book a panel of speakers. Protests took place on campus, with students holding signs that say “Can I get paid for an accident too?”
Washington University said the panel will now consist of "Katie Plax, MD, head of adolescent medicine and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, ... a representative from WUSTL's Student Health Services, the Catholic Student Center at Washington University, and Planned Parenthood."
Earlier, FOX411 reported that some had criticized Walsh's boycott call.
“This is just another page in the constantly developing story of how our nation’s leading liberals – the supposedly open-minded folks – continue to betray the very idea of the university as a place where students are exposed to all sorts of ideas,” Glenn Stanton, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family told Pop Tarts. “We are finding that many of those on the left are the most rigid fundamentalists in culture today. They have it all figured out and have no patience for hearing an alternative voice.”
Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer said Palin was being targeted by Walsh and the protesting students not because of her convictions regarding abstinence, but because of her “controversial” last name.
“The celeb-left won’t leave the Palin family alone. Bristol Palin is an advocate for sexual responsibility, and like any other public figure on the speaking circuit, she is paid to represent the cause,” Meyer explained. “Celebrities and reality stars are paid also paid millions to attend club openings and parties. Perhaps if Kate Walsh was more concerned with troubled celebrities getting paid to attend alcohol-sponsored parties, and less worried about celebrity youth advocates earning speaker fees, her opinions might be taken seriously.”