The doctor’s announcement in December, when Palin was four months pregnant, presented her with a possible life- and career-changing development. “I’ve never had problems with my other pregnancies, so I was shocked,” said Palin, a mother of four other children. “It took a while to open up the book that the doctor gave me about children with Down syndrome, and a while to log on to the Web site and start reading facts about the situation.”
The 44-year-old governor waited a few days before telling her husband, Todd, who was out of town, so she could understand what was ahead for them. Once her husband got the news, he told her: “We shouldn’t be asking, ‘Why us?’ We should be saying, ‘Well, why not us?'”
There was never any doubt the Palins would have the child, and on April 18 she gave birth to Trig Paxson Van Palin. “We’ve both been very vocal about being pro-life,” Palin said. “We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential.”
From Catholic News Agency:
“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.”
What a beautiful example these parents are to the rest of the world, especially at a time when 90 percent of babies
in the West diagnosed prenatally with DS are not allowed to be born. Let us all wish the happy parents and their new son Trig much joy in the coming years. Let’s also pray that parents everywhere will emulate them.