Tarry for the Nonce

September 12, 2008

Aborting the “Genetically Abnormal”

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 3:26 pm

One Canadian doctor, at least, is a faithful Margaret Sanger disciple. He appears to consider abortion as a master eugenics solution.

[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 abnormality. And thereby reduce the number of abortions . . .

[Dr. Andre] 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.

Yup, it’s pretty loathsome.



  1. Would you happen to have the full link so we’re reading the doctor comments in context?

    Comment by Howard The Fiscal Conservative — September 18, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  2. Looks as if the *blog* on which it was featured was pulled. So I guess we’ll just have to deal with the select quotes.

    Comment by Howard The Fiscal Conservative — September 18, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

  3. Strange that the LA Times blog just removed the entire page, but they apparently did issue a correction elsewhere stating that they mischaracterized Lalonde’s position.

    Their source was this Globe and Mail article which is now pay-per-view, though the google cache is still available. Here’s a chunk:

    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 André 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.

    Comment by Kevin — September 18, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  4. On another note, imagine someone so smug and self-righteous that they seemingly don’t think women are capable of making the choice of carry a pregnancy to term or not. It’s hard to believe in this day and age, isn’t it?

    Comment by Howard — September 18, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

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