You are not going to believe this…

What you are about to read is going to blow your mind.  For those who do not think this world is in trouble, take this little dose of reality from Andrew Malcolm’s LA Times blog and then tell me what you think:

Canadian doctor warns Sarah Palin’s decision to have Down baby 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 abnorality. 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.
“The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada,” Lalonde tells the Globe and Mail.
In her widely-viewed acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention and a TV audience of some 37 million last week, Palin did not refer to her baby’s birth as a decision or choice. “In April,” she said, “my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig.
“From the inside, no family ever seems typical. That’s how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other, the same challenges and the same joys.
“Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a special love.
“To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”
Others in Canada, which has just begun its own national parliamentary election campaign, see the Palins as positive parental role models who could help reduce the tide of Down syndrome abortions.
Krista Flint is executive director of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, which says its goal is to foster “a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity, worth and equal rights for ALL people.”
The society now displays a photograph of the happy Palins with their baby on its homepage and offers to provide “positive and factual information” for an open discussion of Down syndrome.
However, Flint says doctors usually give couples very dark messages about life with a Down syndrome child.
“We know overwhelmingly the message families get is ‘Don’t have this baby, it will ruin your life,'” Flint says. “And I don’t think people would look at Sarah Palin and see a ruined life. Regardless of politics, I think it’s a good example.”
Lalonde says giving women detailed information on the consequences of their decision is not actually encouraging them to seek abortions.

Okay, now I get it.  This is why the liberal media is having such difficulty with John McCain’s running mate.

Whether she is ready for the White House remains a constant thread of debate.  What Sarah Palin has done, though, is bring some of the core issues of our nation back to the forefront of the debate.


5 Responses to “You are not going to believe this…”

  1. 2 Searching
    September 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

    You bring to light with this article, and blog, a plethora of questions Ryan. Questions of morality, responsibility, ethics and Christianity. The topic of abortion is one of the most devisive issues of current times for both Christian and non-Christian folk alike. There are two topics that produce a strong emotional response in people and they are children and sex. Consequently there are two issues that pervade the church agenda more than any other; abortion and homosexuality. This blog involves one of those issues. The church is so quick to go to battle to prevent any child from being killed while still within the womb of it’s mother and yet ignores the thousands of children born into abusive and explotive circumstances all over the world every day. The church is silent about the thousands of children forced into the streets every day and the children born into drug laiden environments. It is as if making certain every child is born negates any responsibility for the quality of life they face. And so many ambiguous scriptures are used to justify this agenda completely ignnoring the scriptures admonishing the proper care of children already born. And do not assume that I am pro-choice merely because I can see beyond the superficial issues and agendas. I would caution all Christians about placing human beings like Mrs. Palin on pedastals, for they will certainly fall off of them. The more the opposing party digs into her life the greater the chances of a fall. I loathe abortion, but even more I loathe that Christianity is become more identified by the issue of abortion and homosexuality than by the love of God and gift of Christ. It is as if Christians still feel the way to save the world is to rid it of sin rather than bring the Glory of God into it. First, KNOW the one who is the Word, then share the Word and finally LIVE the Word and the world will change as much as it is possible. So long as we try to fix other people, our attention is not on fixing ourselves. The credibility of Christian people is diminishing every day because the people we raise to lead end up falling to the same stuff as their counterparts. And we are responsible because we have taught them how to look at us. We spend so much time appearing to fight sin that they think there are no sinners in churches. So when our leaders stumble the entire Church suffers because of our own arrogance. The churches hubris has brought us to where we are in current society, and Satan knows it better than anyone. I have ranted and rambled so I will stop. Please look for the spirit of caring and humility in this blog… my heart breaks for Christians as much as for those who have yet to meet my Savior and Father God.

  2. 3 GAY
    September 19, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    She is amazing. She is living out her faith. She will stumble and fall but her faith will pick her up again. We need to look at the author and finisher of her faith and not at her. She is a fresh spark and we needed it. We have to pray that her faith stands firm.

  3. 4 M Engle
    September 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I find this article to be nothing short of shocking…and I am a physician. When Dr.Lalonde laments that Trig’s birth may decrease the number of aborted Down Syndrome children, he is laying bare his ethical hand. His premise is that the worth of a human is based on their utility to others and not on the glory of their creator. I like to call this ethical move, “bowing before the god of personal autonomy.” Regardless of her political views, I have great respect for women like Gov. Palin because they refuse to fall into the Western trap of self-centered ethics. I pray Gov. Paliln’s actions will seek to show a dying world that even children born with special needs were made to glorify their creator.

  4. September 25, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I suspect that Mrs. Palin will face greater scrutiny as the election nears. Additionally, it is obvious the opponents will do anything necessary to disparage her.

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