I have to give credit for this find to Right Girl. She posted the link on Twitter.
It seems that Sarah Palin’s decision to keep her son Trig instead of aborting him has doctors worried in Canada that this may have a chilling effect on other women carrying Down’s Syndrome babies. The chilling effect? She may spur other women to keep their babies. Gasp. Article here.
Dr. Andre Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), told the Globe and Mail yesterday, "Palin's decision to keep her baby, knowing he would be born with the condition, may inadvertently influence other women who may lack the necessary emotional and financial support to do the same."
"The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada," he said.
Under the facade of "freedom to choose", Lalonde said that "popular messages" about women like Palin, who choose not to kill their unborn children, "could have detrimental effects on women and their families."
"We offer the woman the choice. We try to be as unbiased as possible," Lalonde said. "We're coming down to a moral decision and we all know moral decisions are personal decisions."
Here is this “choice” word again. This has been used a lot lately to Attack Gov Palin for being against women having the right to choose. This attack is getting older by the minute. They are not concerned about choice. If they were, they would celebrate her “choice” to have her baby.
We, as conservatives, have sat around and let the left, assisted by the left leaning media, to define the abortion debate. Look at the words used to describe the positions in the debate. Those of us who are against abortion call ourselves pro-life because we support all life from the time of conception. The media calls us anti-abortion. Now, for the record, I personally am comfortable with this label because I am, in fact, anti-abortion. People who support abortion rights are “pro-choice” according to the media. The point is, if they are pro-choice, we should be pro-life. If we are anti-abortion, they should be called pro-abortion (or, anti-life?).
I realize that this seems like semantics but it gives the pro-abortion people a psychological advantage with the public. We are not taking our stand because we support life, we are mean and uncaring because we are “anti” abortion. The pro-abortion people though aren’t for abortion, they’re for a woman’s right to choose. The other part of this is that it sterilizes the abortion debate by removing the word from their stance. We aren’t debating abortion, we’re debating “choice”. How can we live with ourselves.
Krista Flint, executive director of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, said, "Many of the country's medical professionals only give messages of fear to parents who learn their baby will be born with the genetic condition."
"It's very dark," she said in the Globe and Mail report. "They hear a lot about the medical conditions that are sometimes associated with Down syndrome. They hear about the burden . . . it places on children and a marriage."
"They hear about things like shortened life expectancy. They hear a lot about the challenges of a life with Down syndrome. That's why Mrs. Palin has become an example that could possibly stem the tide of families who abort fetuses after a positive determination for Down syndrome," Ms. Flint said.
"We know overwhelmingly the message families get is 'Don't have this baby, it will ruin your life,' and I don't think people would look at Sarah Palin and see a ruined life," Ms. Flint said. "Regardless of politics, I think it's a good example."
Statistics show that between 80 – 90% of Down’s babies are aborted in Canada (approximately the same as the US).
Further, do notice that the group concerned about this effect on abortion is the group of doctors that perform abortions. Their abortion mills are money makers. Their crocodile tears for these poor women being deprived of their right to abortion is nothing more than tears over the loss of their cash cow.
As I said earlier, the attacks against Gov Palin are not about choice. They’re about her making the wrong choice, according to some. The fact that anyone can look at pictures of her beautiful child and think he should have been killed in the womb is stunning. I have to believe that the people holding these views have made a serious wrong turn somewhere in their lives. To be at a place emotionally that they can hold these views is a foreign concept to me.
I believe the real issue among the “kill the babies” crowd is fear. Sarah Palin is putting a face to the abortion debate. Trig Palin is not a Down’s Syndrome baby that was imperfect and therefore should have been aborted, he’s a beautiful gift of life. This scares the pro-abortion people because the public may start coming to grips with what abortion really is, it’s a choice to commit infanticide.