'16 & Pregnant' Star Defends Her Second Pregnancy

justin lane and ashley salazar 16 and pregnant16 and Pregnant star Ashley Salazar made major headlines this week when she announced that she's expecting her second child. Of course there was some nasty backlash, but also a lot of support for her, as well. Either way, though, Ashley is on the defense, having written a blog post on her site BittersweetBlessing.com to explain that she and her boyfriend Justin Lane are indeed ready this time around and that this pregnancy was "practically planned."

Ashley writes:

I know it’s early to announce, but I’m so excited and I’ve had two doctor visits already and my body is holding the baby perfectly! ... This wasn’t an “accident” this time. Not to say that Callie was accident, but at 17 and 18, we definitely weren’t ready for a baby. We are 22 and 23, both doing extremely well for ourselves and sure, we aren’t married, but have we ever done things traditionally?

Ashley goes on to explain that she and Justin plan to get married sometime after the baby comes (how very Kim and Kanye of them!), and she "will be an official college graduate" come May.

Sounds like the couple has most of their ducks in a row this time around. Good for them! Congratulations are most definitely in order.

How do you feel about the backlash Ashley is facing over this pregnancy?


Image via Ashley Salazar/Facebook

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nonmember avatar Guest182

I'm a 25 year old female, I'm independent and work full time. Working on obtaining my college degree and enjoy traveling and experiencing new things! I JUST WANNA SAY IT'S A HORRIBLE THING WHEN MOST TEENS GET KNOCKED UP AND GET CAUGHT UP IN LIFE, AND IT'S EVEN MORE SAD WHEN YOUTHS MY AGE GET PREGNANT AND THINK THEY WILL LIVE HAPPLIY EVER AFTER. (It never happens that way when your that young!) I BELIEVE FROM 18- 29 YOU SHOULD BE LIVING LIFE AND TRAVELING NOT THINKING ABOUT GETTING MARRED AND HAVING KIDS~! You're ONLY YOUNG ONCE! Just because she got that teen mom pay check doesn't mean you're problems are fixed and just because you decide to have another baby, it won't replace the one you once had, plus you got overwhelmed twice?? Come on!!! It really takes a lot of patience, responsibility, sacrificing, and selflessness and much more to raise a baby. Something that no young person is ever ready for. This teen girl is only making problems for herself and kids in the future! SMH!

Lucki... Luckicharmz

Hey Guest182 as someone who had children young all I can say is  "bite me"  ;-)

Here's the flip side to your tirade, not all of us feel like "living it up" when we're in our twenties. Some of us are actually quite happy to go from high school to college to adult life. I for one did not want babies in my thirties or forties, I wanted children when I had the energy and time to play with them, and then in turn be young enough to enjoy quality time with potential grandchildren. 

I am 28 years old, I had my first child at 17 when I was in high school. I was already living on my own and working full time so nothing changed there, my son was born when I was 24 and had two college degrees under my belt. I married the following year and subsequently started a career and bought a house with my husband. We are happily expecting our third and final child this summer. 

I have no issues if you want to say you, yourself, are not "patient, responsible, sacrificing, and selfless." But seriously don't apply it to people whom you know nothing about.

nonmember avatar Anyii15

Well said Luckicharmz ! Im myself a young mom and damn proud if it im responsible mature college graduate and thank god married my first boyfriend two kids later 6 years strong !!

nonmember avatar Jennifer Davis

I say if they are ready good job to them. I wish them the best. And Guest182 I am 25 years old been married for 5 years and we are expecting our first child. Life is what you make it. I wouldn't be happy being on my own because my husband is my world. I also have a college degree and honestly couldn't of done it with out him. So people are ready to settle down young others aren't. Please don't judge young ppl that make a choice to settle down and have children.

nonmember avatar nonmemeber

i was also a young mother. gave birth at 21 and the father did not stick around. i am 31 now and have been with a wonderful man for almost 9 years and we will be married this year. I had to raise my son on my own for the first couple of years until my fiance and i got truly serious and I also went to college and was able to find time for fun. i hope that you do not continue to judge young mothers as there are plenty out there that take the responsibility to heart and do a wonderful job.

nonmember avatar mary

I as well had kids young my son is 9 years old I had him at 20 and I have a daughter that is 7 I have been with my husband for 10 years. Not everyone wants to party and live like that guest182. I will be 30 this year and I own my house and 75 acres it can be done and you can live happily ever if you choose the right way in life and have a partner that loves you as much as u love them!! Sorry but the post made you sound like a teen age kid not an adult. Oh ya my husband and I meet in 2003 now 2014 we are still as happy as we were in 2003! We also only dated for 3 months before we moved in together. Just want to make the point it can happen. As far as the story here I wish her the best and as long as she is happy that should be all that matters!!!

nonmember avatar KJM

So Luckiecharmz are you saying just because a woman does not have children in her 20's or at all she isn't selfless, sacrificing, patient, & responsible? I respect your opinion of course and I don't care how young a woman has kids as long as they WANT and can care for them. That is what matters most. I just was floored when I read that last comment. Guest182 made good points as did you and others.

nonmember avatar Guest182

Wow, didn't mean to offend anyone at all, If you watch her on 16 & pregnant than you'll get what I'm talking about and I have never said anything about me partying, I stay away from that scene. I just see way too many females my age think it's all fun and games when it comes to having a baby, because it's not a game and 9 times out of 10 their family get stuck with sole responsibility. Fact is having a family is a beautiful thing and a blessing, life is too short and there is so much out there in this world to experience than to just quickly settle down and having a baby that is the point I'm stressing! So I'm guilty of having an open mind and free spirit.

nonmember avatar KJM

Well said guest182

MamaT... MamaTo2andAhalf

Guest182, i was done partying and living like a child when I was 23. I had kids starting at 24. My life is far from ruined, it's amazing, I am 26, have 3 children, and no desire to travel or party, it's called growing up. No one likes the 30 year old party gal. Just because you didn't get the happy ending doesn't mean others don't.

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