A doctor and vice-president of Canada's Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has expressed his fears that Sarah Palin's Down's Syndrome baby may deter women from having abortions. Andre Lalonde talks as though Sarah Palin is somehow setting a bad example by bringing a disabled baby into the world and making it abundantly obvious that she and her family adore him. The family's happiness and love towards the child "could have detrimental effects on women and their families", according to Dr Lalonde.
But as Krista Flint of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society commented:
"We know overwhelmingly the message families get is 'Don't have this baby, it will ruin your life,' 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."