As Western Journalism recently reported, Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, announced her second out-of-wedlock pregnancy via social media with a less-than-enthusiastic statement.
Calling it a “painful time,” she acknowledged that it has been hard for her to “keep [her] chin up on this one.”
Palin, 24, went on to write that “this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.”
After her 2008 pregnancy created controversy for her mother’s vice presidential campaign, Palin split with her son’s father, Levi Johnston, and was engaged to Dakota Meyer. The couple called off their planned wedding weeks before Palin announced her pregnancy.
Enduring an almost immediate backlash of criticism from those who questioned her stance on faith and morality, Palin eventually responded with a biting retort in which she walked back much of her initial statement.
“I made a mistake,” she acknowledged, “but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a—holes have loved to assume.”
She went on to claim that her second child “was actually planned,” adding that her family’s newest addition “is not a disappointment” and that her son, Tripp, “is going to make the best big brother!!”
To those who suggested she abort her second child, Palin wrote:
When I realized I was pregnant, I knew I would be completely crucified. But I never even thought of aborting this child, NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE. I am pregnant. This is not the ideal situation, but life is important even if it’s not in the most absolute ideal circumstance. This is more confirmation on what I’ve always stood for. I’ve always been pro-life and I am standing for life now. Deal with it.
Johnston is apparently confident in his ex’s parenting skills. He recently told TMZ that Palin is a “great mom.”
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