Bristol Palin, a spokesperson for abstinence-only sex education, recently announced on her Patheos blog (which somehow wound up in the Family section) that she was pregnant. The post was not a happy one; her tone was more one of defeatist resignation than one of excitement.
It was also a post that invited criticism. After all, it was Palin’s second pregnancy, and she’s still unwed. The word “hypocrisy” springs to mind.
But Palin wants you to know that’s not so. In a blog post dated to June 28, the daughter of the Stupidest Woman in Alaska and one-time half-term governor put all of us in our place by telling us that the pregnancy was “planned.”
There was a point behind most of the criticism, and it had a clearance of easily thirty-thousand feet as it sailed over her head.
Like mother like daughter
Palin announced on June 28 that she got her previous post wrong.
“I made a mistake, but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a$$holes have loved to assume,” Palin said. She elucidated:
This pregnancy was actually planned.
Palin then lost herself in the twin maze of the English language and her own thoughts:
Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself. Things didn’t go as planned, but life keeps going. Life moves on.
But I do not regret this baby. This baby is not a disappointment, and I cannot wait to be a mom times two. Tripp is going to make the best big brother!!
She concluded by noting:
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.
Palin, also attempting to deflect the criticism leveled at her for being an abstinence-only advocate, said:
Let’s get another thing straight, because I can’t tolerate all the talk on this subject. I have never been paid as an ‘abstinence spokesperson.’ I was employed by the great people at The Candies Foundation.
History, of course, proves her wrong. She even made $262,500 from the Candie’s Foundation as an “abstinence ambassador,” according to the Daily Beast. But you won’t hear that from her, because it puts her in an indefensible position.
And this, of course, is the primary thrust of the criticisms and accusations of hypocrisy. Whether the pregnancy was “planned” — which she claims it was, in the broadest possible sense of the word — is immaterial to the discussion.
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