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Abortion Industry Worried About "Trig Palin Effect"

Meet Dr. Andre Lalonde. Andre is a Canadian doctor who is concerned that Sarah Palin's decision to give birth to her son Trig (the one with Down syndrome), may have negative consequences on Canadian women. What consequences, exactly? That instead of aborting 90% of the time, women may actually feel strong enough to go through with the pregnancy and care for the child, and "thereby reduce the number of abortions." Oh no!

Andre offers more insight into just how much having Down babies worries him:
[Dr. Lalonde] 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.
What sort of doctor looks at the Palins' situation and says "The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada"? The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Canada, of which Lalonde is the executive vice president, has tried to recover its credibility after these statements, but according to Carly Weeks of Canada's Globe and Mail, doctors in Canada routinely give "messages of fear" to parents upon learning they will give birth to a Down syndrome baby. She writes:
Members of Canada's Down syndrome community say that 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," said Krista Flint, executive director of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. "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.
From the same article, on the subject of Dr. Lalonde's comments:
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 Andre Lalonde...

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.
Forgive me if I'm being grandiose, but doesn't this speak rather loudly against Canada's socialized health care system? This essentially eugenics via abortion, except instead of attempting to create a "master race" like oh, I don't know...the Nazis - the good doctor is just looking out for the Canadian government, whose health care system is already in shambles. It doesn't take the vice president of an OBGYN society to figure out that the socialist system will be further burdened if more special needs children are born.

And if you think the eugenics comparison is a bit of a stretch, allow me to remind you that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an advocate of negative eugenics - the goal of intentionally lowering fertility among the genetically "disadvantaged." Here were some insights she managed to pass on before her death in the 1960s:
"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

"[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children..."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.
With that last quote, Sanger crystallized the difference between pro-lifers and many people on the left. One crowd sees such children are burdens - the other sees them as blessings.

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  • Anonymous Leticia said:
    Friday, September 19, 2008  

    Beautiful post!!
    As a mother who loves God, and knew her beautiful child would have Down syndrome, I had no choice but to accept His will. Six years ago, I gave Christina life. And she has been giving back to be in abundance ever since.
    Has Dr. Lalonde ever met a parent who regrets giving birth to such a child? I think you're right, he is a thinly disguised eugenicist trying to keep Canada's health care system afloat. Beware US if we ever make that mistake, it will become our civic duty to abort such children and kill the frail, expensive elderly. top

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