Sarah Palin 

A propósito de notícias da cadeia americana CBS de que a Islândia havia erradicado o síndrome de Down, uma clarificação da responsável de obstetrícia do Hospital Nacional de Reykjavic, e uma posição pública de Sarah Palin, ex-candidata a vice-presidente dos EUA, ex-governadora do Alasca, destacada figura pró-vida, mãe de cinco, mãe de filho com síndrome de Down.

In Iceland Monitor:

Doctor says CBS News claims on Iceland, Downs and abortion are false

From the National University Hospital's maternity ward.  

The claims that 100 percent of women in Iceland who receive a positive prenatal test for Down syndrome terminate their pregnancy are false, according to Hulda Hjartardóttir, chief of obstetrics at Iceland’s National University Hospital.

The claims were put forth in a story by CBSN:On assignment that has gotten a huge response with public figures, such as Sarah Palin who likened the abortions to the Nazi Holocaust.

Hulda was one of the interviewees in the CBS News story. “I went over this with CBS’s journalists but then they decide to publish one thing and not the other,” she says.

She says that yes, it is correct that when a woman has gone through all the tests available and the results clearly indicate Downs syndrome, the pregnancies are terminated almost 100 percent of the time. However, those numbers are only half the story.

The truth is that one third of mothers to be choose not to have more tests done after the first indication of Downs syndrome. These women want to continue their pregnancies even with the increased risk of Downs.

 “80 to 85 percent of women choose to have the screening, so there are 15 to 20 percent who don’t. Those women don’t want the information. Of the women who have the screening and get results that point to increased risk about 75 to 80 percent get further tests done but 20 to 25 percent choose not to. That’s a group that after counseling and discussions can’t bear the thought of ending the pregnancy despite the Downs syndrome emerging,” Hulda says.

All in all about one third of mothers don’t want to get the screening or blood tests and wouldn’t have abortions.

“There are women who choose to continue the pregnancy and I know they spoke to one woman who chose to continue, even with this result.”

Hulda says that from her experience those who have already decided to terminate the pregnancy in case of Downs are more likely to have the tests done for conformation. Others don’t do it.

She says that the situation is similar in neighboring countries and points to Denmark that has a 98 percent abortion rate when it comes to Downs.

“I think that if we had a larger group and higher numbers the results would be similar. It isn’t really 100 percent. The country is small of course and it changes from year to year.”

Former Gov. Sarah Palin is mother to a beautiful 9-year-old boy named Trig. He happens to have Down syndrome. You can imagine how she reacted, then, to the CBS report that Iceland is “eliminating” children with the syndrome via abortion.

“This intolerance for people who may not look like you is so wrong, it’s so evil,” Palin said on Fox News Tuesday night.

Iceland is a “beautiful country,” she recalled, but “it won’t be so beautiful it they continue down this path.”

Choking back tears, Palin was shocked that the government is trying to “snuff out the life” of those who don’t look like their subjective view of perfection. It is a culture that hearkens back to Nazi Germany, she noted.

“Children with Down syndrome are “unique and make the world more unique,” Palin said.

Palin also criticized the “celebratory” tone CBS used when it tweeted about Iceland’s anti-life agenda..

The former vice presidential candidate and her son have been the victims of mockery since she entered the political spotlight. In 2011, Wonkette published a piece, which they have since removed, in which they called Trig “retarded.” No mother should have to be subjected to such cruel rhetoric.

Palin acknowledged on Fox that she was “full of fear” when she was handed the diagnosis that Trig may be born with Down syndrome. She was “brought down to her knees” and asked God to prepare her.

“The minute Trig was born, the fear went anyway,” she said.

LifeNews Note: Cortney O’Brien is a Townhall web editor, where this was originally published.