Aug 31, 2008

Palin's Baby Not Her Own?



Evidence is mounting that McCain's VP running mate pick, Sarah Palin, may have faked her pregnancy in order to cover up the pregnancy of her 16-year-old daughter. Fact or fiction? You decide:

* Palin's staff completely shocked upon learning she is pregnant, which she announced at what would have been her fifth month
* Photos of Palin during what would have been her third trimester (at exactly seven months, as in the photo at left) show a svelte Palin who remarkably does not show her baby bump
* Palin's 16-year-old daughter, Bristol, took five months off from her private Catholic school during the period Palin was supposedly pregnant. Bristol's diagnosis? Infectious mononucleosis, more affectionately known as mono, which would normally cause a medical absence for somewhere between a few weeks and a month and a half at most.
* And the most damning of all, at eight month's pregnant--a full month premature--during the time when Palin's water was supposed to have broken (a time when women are instructed to get ye to the nearest hospital or birthing center), Palin proceeded to give a speech at a Texas conference and then, dripping with amniotic fluid and with a birth that is eminent, flew from Texas back to Alaska to give birth. Then, when she got to Alaska, again, with an eminent birth, chose not to have the baby in a well-staffed larger hospital in the capital where she lives, but in an obscure, small town hospital, 45 minutes outside of Anchorage--which she drove herself to.

[Photo at right of Palin pregnant with her first child.]

Now, any pregnancy for a woman who is 40 or older is considered a high-risk pregnancy. I know--I was 41 when I had my only child, and I must have heard the term, high-risk, about a hundred times. If you go into labor one month before your due date, that is considered premature. A high-risk pregnancy, one month premature? Do you proceed with a speech, fly many hours on two planes across the country (legally, airlines must be provided with a doctor's OK for a third-trimester pregnant woman to fly) with no one noticing you are pregnant? Then, when you land, do drive yourself to a far-off, small-town hospital, conveniently in the town where you used to be mayor, give birth there, and then return to work three days later?

This isn't just an unnatural, unlikely, or merely unbelievable series of events--it's impossible.

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