“Warped” doesn’t even begin to describe this man’s opinion:
But others fear Ms. Palin’s emergence as a parental role model sends a different message. As a vocal opponent of abortion, Ms. Palin’s widely discussed 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, according to AndrÃ© Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Dr. Lalonde said that above all else, women must be free to choose, and that popular messages to the contrary could have detrimental effects on women and their families.
“The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada,” he said.
However, the SOGC says the country’s medical professionals don’t emphasize the burden of Down syndrome to pregnant women. Giving women balanced information about the potential consequences of either decision does not mean they are being encouraged to abort their pregnancies, Dr. Lalonde said.
“We offer the woman the choice. We try to be as unbiased as possible,” he said. “We’re coming down to a moral decision and we all know moral decisions are personal decisions.”
Almost every time I get into an argument with an abortion supporter, they try and correct me by saying that they are not “pro abortion” but instead “pro choice” – as if it makes a difference in the end. Dr. Llonde is a prime example of the “pro abortion” term being right on target. His claims of wanting a womn to be fully informed are laughable, considering I don’t recall hearing or reading about his arguments on how our society promotes a culture of death where abortion at any stage of pregnancy should be ‘acceptable.’
Considering that, Dr. Lalonde should be elated that in terms of the culture war on this issue, balance is slowly being restored thanks in part to Gov. Sarah Palin’s decision to give birth to her child in spite of the fact that she knew before he was born that he had Down’s Syndrome, a decision she is unashamed of, as is clearly evidenced everytime you see her son Trig.
Ever since the RvW ruling, there has been a push in this country via womens magazines, advocacy groups, liberal women in Washington, DC and all around the world to ‘legitimize’ abortion by claiming it’s simply a medical procedure that is no different from most any other you would have. Only in the last few years has there been a slight shift in the atmosphere on the issue of abortion to the point where more are questioning whether or not it’s right or wrong, so much so that leftists like Bill and Hillary Clinton have gone on record as saying that it’s their hope that abortion stay “safe, legal, and rare” – why “rare,” if it’s no different than most other medical procedures? Why “rare” if it’s only a “blob of tissue”? But I digress.
Pro abortionists like Dr. Lalonde are part of the problem, not the solution. He puts on a mask by claiming he wants women to be fully informed before making their decison on whether or not to keep their unborn baby, but he’s unhappy that counter-cultural images like the story about Gov. Palin’s baby Trig may influence mothers against having abortions.Â Â In other words, he’s really not interested in a woman hearing both sides of the story before making her decision.Â If it influences her against abortion, it’s bad info as far as he’s concerned.
Ed Morrissey sums up:
This sounds more like the abortion industry worrying over a declining demand than a physician caring for a patient. Parents of DS children manage to have fulfilling lives, and they would say because of their child and not despite the decision to give birth. The Palins do provide a role model in that manner, as do the millions of other parents with such children who get no special attention for their love and sacrifice
Given Lalonde’s primary concern as stated by Lalonde himself, the fear seems to be that abortionists might have to deal with fewer customers.
That, and a fear that (gasp) our society could someday shift back to a culture of responsiblity, rather than irresponsibility on all things – including unplanned pregnancies.