Bristol Palin abstinence panel appearance canceled

A prominent Missouri university called off a paid speech it had scheduled on campus for the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

Washington University in St. Louis said it had "mutually agreed" with Bristol Palin that it was best for her not to participate in a planned panel on abstinence as a method of preventing teen pregnancy. The school said it had no contract with Palin.

"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 school said in a statement.

Students at the school had protested the use of student funds for Palin's appearance. News of Bristol Palin's pregnancy outside of marriage became a distraction during the 2008 presidential campaign, when the Alaska governor was running for vice president.