Saturday, September 13, 2008

Libtard doctor fears that Palin's example could reduce the number of abortions 
If this were an Onion headline, it STILL wouldn't be funny.

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 abnormality. 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.

But wait! There's even less!

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.

I should hope so!

I wonder what this guy's wife thinks, when she lies next to him in bed. Lucky for him, I'm sure she probably loves him, despite his obvious psychic deformity.

What a ghoul.

Splash, out


Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

ADDED: This is what socialized medicine can do to doctors. Capitated contracts... meaning health plans that pay a flat rate per assigned patient to doctors ... create a poisonous incentive to kill expensive, unprofitable people.

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"create a poisonous incentive to kill expensive, unprofitable people."

I see that you have never been to an HMO
HMOs are about preventative care, and do that reasonably well.

However, they do NOT do catastrophic care very well, precisely for that reason. It's not good insurance, because it concentrates coverage on the least insurable incidents, but does not, in practice, provide well for the losers in the preventative health care lobby.

I'd much rather retain the costs of preventative care...there is no way to spread the risk efficiently, anyway, since preventative care is a high-frequency, low-cost event.

That allows me to keep enough premium dollars for catastrophic events...especially with a high deductible.

Don't get me wrong: I'm all about preventative care. But let's not operate under the illusion that it's a highly insurable risk.

My plan, purchased on the private market, features the highest lifetime max I could get, and a 10,000 deductible.

That means I'm probably on my own for preventative care (though I am fortunate to have access to the VA system for that stuff, too, in a pinch.)
My plan, purchased on the private market, features the highest lifetime max I could get, and a 10,000 deductible.

That actually sounds like a good idea. Most people could handle the first 10k, it's next 90k than can kill you.
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