U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s loving
and highly-publicized acceptance of her Down’s syndrome child Trig has
some Canadian doctors worried that her example may lead to mothers
shunning abortion after diagnosis of Down’s syndrome.
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
Is this serious? Or are we still in Wonderland?
“The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada,” he said.
We are seriously adrift in Wonderland.
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
There is the naked truth. The facade of “freedom to choose”, under
serious threat from the culture of life, falls apart when women choose
to have imperfect and unplanned, even inconvenient, children who will
impact their lives. They make room and accommodate and serve.
Especially “the least of these”….that some only like to tout as