her desire for her own political career trumped her desire to care for and protect her own child. unacceptable.
2. she was in texas when her water broke, but instead of going directly to the hospital, she gave a speech as planned, then took a commercial flight back to alaska, where she then drove 45 minutes to a regional medical center. any woman whose water breaks needs to go to a hospital or call her midwife immediately. particuarly since palin already knew that hers was a high risk pregnancy, there is absolutely no excuse for her failure to go to the hospital. 30% of newborns with down syndrome require immediate surgery for a potentially fatal congenital heart defect. quite simply, she endangered her son's life by:
- not going to the hospital right away;
- getting on an airplane;
- taking a long flight back to alaska;
- driving to a medical facility with a relatively low level of capability for dealing with newborns with special needs.
but nothing excuses the way she has treated her eldest daughter and her youngest son. on a personal level, she has failed.