Sarah Palin has advocated abstinence for years, but for the second time, it appears she’ll become a grandmother to a child conceived out of wedlock.
The newlywed bride of her son, Track, is expecting a baby girl on Sept. 29, according to Target’s gift registry. Track, 22, and Britta Hanson, 21, got married in May during a small ceremony in Hatcher Pass, Alaska.
A photo of Hanson was recently posted by a friend on Facebook, showing the pregnant nursing student surrounded by shower gifts.
The size of Hanson’s baby bump appears to confirm that she conceived the child before she married the Army reservist.
The Palin family had not issued any public statement as of Thursday.
Track and Hanson were high school sweethearts.
After the couple was married, their families issued a statement to People magazine, saying: “Our families couldn’t be happier! These are two hard working, humble, active, studious young adults who grew up together. We’re tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed.”
Sarah Palin, 47, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, has pushed for abstinence-only sex education in schools. Her unmarried daughter, Bristol, gave birth to a boy, Tripp, in 2008 at age 18.
Bristol, too, has been a spokeswoman for abstinence since becoming a mother.