September 11, 2008

Hitting the Slippery Slopes

"Canadian Doctor warns Sarah Palin's decision to have "Down baby" (sic) could reduce abortions."

Sarah and Todd Palin's decision to complete her recent pregnancy, despite advance notice that their baby Trig had Down syndrome, is hailed by many in the pro-life movement as walking the walk as well as talking the talk.

But a senior Canadian doctor is now expressing concerns that such a prominent public role model as the governor of Alaska and potential vice president of the United States completing a Down syndrome pregnancy may prompt other women to make the same decision against abortion because of that genetic abnormality. And thereby reduce the number of abortions.

Published reports in Canada say about 9 out of 10 women given a diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to terminate the pregnancy through abortion.

Dr. Andre Lalonde, executive vice president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Ottawa, worries that Palin's now renowned decision may cause abortions in Canada to decline as other women there and elsewhere opt to follow suit.

He says not every woman is prepared to deal with the consequences of Down babies, who have developmental delays, some physical difficulties and often a shortened lifespan.

Wider use of blood screening and amniocentesis during pregnancies can now accurately predict the presence of Down syndrome.

Lalonde says his primary concern is that women have the.... ...choice of abortion and that greater public awareness of women making choices like Palin to complete a pregnancy and give birth to their genetically-abnormal baby could be detrimental and confusing to the women and their families.

Full piece here.

I really can't believe this. I am about the only person I know who is practically agnostic on the issue of legalized abortion for a lot of reasons, but did I just read this? That 9 out of 10 "Down pregnancies" are aborted upon diagnosis and that's the way it should be? That they are AFRAID that fewer women will abort babies with Down syndrome and that is Sarah Palin's fault? Are you fucking kidding me?

And the language of abortion-first, choice second, and the implication that women are too stupid to make that choice - holy hell. Of course, with socialized "health care" I guess it makes sense and our numbers are creeping up there too. Prevent future costs and all that.

Eugenics anyone?

1 comment:

Doc Holliday said...

I'm surprised to find someone else who is as non-ideological on abortion as me.

I usually find people on both side of the abortion issue get mad at me.

I really don't think "eugenics" deserves the bad rap it has since WWII.

Men seek out pretty women, women seek handsome, tall, and successful men, and everybody looks for healthy mates. Every parent wants healthy children.

That IS eugenics.

The pro-abortion faction has always preached "choice", but this just proves that they only want to promote THEIR choice.

A disproportionate number of fetuses aborted are from minority women. Abortion supporters deliberately obfuscate that fact.

I distrust any political debaters who don't do so honestly.