When Palin, then the governor of Alaska, discovered that she was pregnant with Trig, the timing wasn't ideal. "My administration was making great progress on issues important to the state, and I dreaded the reactions and comments from the Neanderthals who would think of this pregnancy as a distraction," she writes. For a fleeting moment, she considered what she knew was the easy way out (implying, but not naming, abortion). But the moment passed quickly. "Society has made women believe that they cannot do both -- pursue career, or education, or anything else, and still carry a baby," she writes. "I knew I was blessed with a supportive family and a husband who took joy in my working hard, so I knew I had options."