From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail in an article titled A Message of Hope or Pressure to Keep the Baby?
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 maylack 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.
If I am reading this correctly, and if the Globe and Mail has accurately reported his comments, it would seem that Palin’s very act of giving birth to Trig will encourage other parents to forego abortions. That their “freedom to choose” must not be sullied by the actual experience of parents who choose NOT to abort.
These comments got picked up by the LATimes. Read it and weep.