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A number of years ago a married woman of our acquaintance underwent prenatal testing. She and her husband received the sad news that their daughter would be born blind and deaf. She was strongly urged by medical professionals to abort the child (my word). Her faith would not allow it, and her stubbornness gave her the strength to stand up to the new gods.

But how many women have that strength, and how many men support them? In my previous post, in a footnote comment, I linked to a chilling article by George Neumayr, executive editor of
The American Spectator titled The abortion debate that wasn't in the Seattle Post Intelligencer. The statistics are horrifying.

Most of us know at least one person with Down Syndrome. Most lead fairly normal lives. I seem to recall one teenager starring in a television drama several years ago.

Some experts believe that since 1989, 70% of all conceived Down Syndrome children (my word) have been aborted.

Read the article for the rest. It will make you sick, I hope.

As a lawyer and former judge, I am particularly concerned with the part played in all this by the courts. Under our system of Common Law, causes of action are developed over time not by the legislatures, but by the courts. Trial lawyers push the limits all the time, which is how, without any action taken by elected bodies, suits for Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life have cowered the already ethically challenged medical profession into not only acquiescing in, but actually promoting the New Eugenics.

A doctor fails to perform prenatal testing, or fails to discover a potential birth defect, or fails to adequately inform the mother (my word) of her "options", including the RightThatDaresNotSpeakItsName, and the doctor or his insurance company can be on the hook for all the trauma caused the parents, and the support of the child forever. Is it any wonder that doctors use their professional status to urge, even demand, abortion when there is the slightest chance of an "imperfect" child?

The Culture of Life says that every life is a gift from God. The greatest triumph of our humanity has been our care for the weak and the helpless and the hopeless among us. In the Church we call such things works of mercy. Their essence is contained in the Beatitudes.

Will the Culture of Life prevail, or will the attitude of Senator Clinton, who argued that the partial birth abortion law should be defeated because it did not contain an exception for the mother (my word) to abort a disabled child (my word)?

Even if medical science can show us with absolute certainty the physical future of our progeny, by what right does anyone destroy that life?

Our friend gave birth to a baby girl who is, by the way, a perfectly normal high school kid today.








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From:rgoing
Date:July 17th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I posted this on a related thread over at the Dawn Patrol:

Back in the early days of the Right to Life movement we were warned to be extremely wary of pre-natal testing, which had, it seemed to us, a primary motive of terminating the unfit. Someone correct me if I'm way off base here, but it seems to me we began boycotting the March of Dimes, which had begun as a wonderful movement to help the handicapped and find a cure for polio (back when we had a "handicapped" president), but began applying the funds toward amniotic research, the goal moving from reducing the number of handicapped by curing and rehabilitating them to reducing their numbers the other way. No doubt they have annual cocktail parties praising themselves for exceeding their goals.

Ever run a business? As soon as you have a federal employer id # you get bombarded with requests from the census and labor departments for all kinds of statistics about your business. Would it be too much to ask the abortion mills to provide accurate records of the circumstances of their services? Or are they ashamed?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 20th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Are you finished with your radio show or will you back next week?
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From:rgoing
Date:July 20th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)

Whadyatalk

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Is this a friendly anonymous or an unfriendly anonymous? What happened is an unfriendly anonymous wrote a letter to the station complaining about my show. The new management, with political views somewhat different from my own and no idea about the incredible popularity of Whadyatalk, decided it was time to pull the plug. That's how I see it.

Or it could be the twelve verse Allan Sherman song I sang on last week's show.

My phone lines have not exactly been lighting up wondering where I was, but thanks for asking.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 21st, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Whadyatalk

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I don't agree with most of your political positions either but I'd still consider myself "friendly anonymous". I certainly wouldn't right asking for you to be removed. I missed the show yesterday, I saw it as a window into city halls inner workings.

Who are the new owners of the station?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 21st, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Whadyatalk

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"Write"... can't believe I did that. Incidently, even if I weren't anonymous you'd say "who?".
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 7th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)

Dr's do push abortion

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I read the post above and it is SO true that they push "terminating the pregnancy" (and won't use the term abortion) I had conceived my last child when I was 37 and apparently some blood or urine test indicated that my child "could" have downs syndrome and I was encouraged to consider having them test the fluid around the baby to further determine if she had down syndrome. I didn't have the test because was told by my sis-in-law that they can accidently prick the baby while obtaining the fluid sample and actually cause them to have problems after they are born. And I wasn't going to abort her no matter what anyway. But Suzanne today is a beautiful, perfectly healthy 6 yr old in first grade. And her 16yr old sister is going to college to become a Pediatric Nurse. God has indeed blessed me.
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From:rgoing
Date:September 7th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Dr's do push abortion

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As the father of a pediatric nurse, let me assure you that you are indeed multiply blessed!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 11th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
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I told my doctor to go ahead and do the urine, blood and ultrasound tests for statistics or whatever, but not to notify me of the results as that would not determine my decision about whether to continue the pregnancy. She was okay with that. I don't care that I don't know what the tests said. All I care is that I have a wonderful 2-year-old son.

The doctors diagnosed me with an "irritable uterus" and said he would probably be born early and would have underdeveloped lungs and eyes. He was born at 10 days OVERdue and is perfectly healthy.

I am in charge of my and my children's medical care and will not be bullied by any doctor.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 27th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)

doctors do push for abortion

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I had a perinatologist push me to 'terminate' the pregnancy and to do an amnio at 20 wks (I refused both). I really couldn't understand how a 'professional' just couldn't respect a patient's Pro-Life choices. How can they call themselves 'Pro-Choice' if they don't respect the choice of the patient?
From:davidtaylor281
Date:November 5th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

Abortion?NAY

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The doctor said we will be having a down syndrome baby. I was nervous and afraid that I couldn't believe that doctor have said. We do some urine and blood test with our elisa kits. We done also an ultrasound test in another hospital to make sure for it and hoping that the doctor was wrong. Luckily, when we received the result of all the test and the time for delivery has come, my wife give birth to a normal baby. Now, he is an active 3 years old boy.
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