Though Palin is pro-life, she says when she first found out she was pregnant with her fifth child, Trig, she was able to understand "why a woman would feel that it's easier to just do away with some less than ideal circumstances," she says. "It also, though, really solidified my position that, yep, there are less than ideal circumstances in so many of our lives. It's how we will react to those circumstances, how we will plow through them and make the most of what we've been given."
Palin says telling Todd that their fifth child was going to have Down syndrome was a hard conversation to have. "I said the baby has an extra chromosome. The baby will be born with Down syndrome," she sasy. "And Todd's reaction was, he probably had a better reaction than I did when I first heard the news. I was much more frightened, I think, than he. He said, 'Okay, it's going to be okay.'"