The announcement of the pregnancy of her 17 year old daughter, Bristol had barely hit the wires when responses started flying that Sarah Palin is a "bad mother" (because she could or should have prevented her daughter from getting pregnant). Who are they to pass judgement? This pregnancy is a personal issue for the Palin family and the father's family that should be nobody else's business. It isn't as cavalier as "teen pregnancies happen", but they do and no demography is immune.
Mothers already put enough pressure on themselves. Even as the most well-adjusted and happy children grow into adults, mother's question whether, how or if they could have done better or more. I suspect most mothers give themselves an inner pat on the back when their child leaves home without having had to deal with a teen pregnancy. Who would wish that kind of responsibility on their child?
As one Wasilla, AK resident said when he heard the pregnancy had hit the national news, Oh, "I'm so sorry. That's so unfair." She's right, of course, but that doesn't mean the rumors and rants will go away.
We hope for a happy, healthy baby for young Bristol and the baby's father. They have challenges that parenthood will bring, that they cannot possibly know at this time. The best news for Bristol is to know that she has the unconditional love and support of her family.
Move along people, there's nothing to see here.