Bristol Palin just announced that she is pregnant (out of wedlock) for the second time…and it was the saddest announcement of an impending birth that you will ever hear:
‘I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant. Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one…I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.’
I wonder what this child will think if (when) he/she has the opportunity to read this post. Will they feel loved or wanted? Will they feel like a cause of embarrassment to their family? I’m sure that was not what was intended and I understand that Palin is making this announcement after being an abstinence spokesperson, so there is tremendous embarrassment in coming across as a hypocrite, BUT children are an awesome blessing and it is a shame when someone’s politics, family and religious beliefs shackle them into thinking otherwise. Abstinence is a personal decision, so if she was unable to remain celibate until marriage, that’s on her and her alone, so why would her family, friends and readers take her to task for something that has no effect on them?
What kind of baby-shaming is this that an expectant mother has to offer a contrite blog post so that people know that she knows what she did and that she doesn’t feel good about it. I wish she could have said: hey everybody, I’m expecting! It’s not what I planned, but that’s okay. Keep me and my family in your prayers. Realistic? Probably not, but honest without being depressing.