Said baby brother has Downs because of her mother's irresponsible choice to have a baby at age 44, which is past that age when the risk for giving birth to a Downs baby goes way up. Of course, Governor Palin is being made into some kind of a heroine by the religious right for doing this. Highly irresponsible is more like it. Just as the pregnancy of her daughter is being used as a political football, so to is the pregnancy and birth of Governor Palin's new born baby. What both pregnancies highlight is the need for the Palin family to take a deep breath, take a step into the 21st century and get themselves real sex educations. No woman is going to an imaginary place called hell for controlling her fertility. This is just embarrassing and pathetic to witness a modern American family with the beliefs of Medieval peasants.I was flabberghasted. You all know I was pregnant at 44, by God's grace. I am so glad. Our family is so blessed. Liam has made us more complete. When the opportunity to ask Dr. Tobler opened up - I dialed. And waited. And waited. And waited. And got disconnected. And waited. And waited. And an hour after calling I was on. But I've never been on the radio so I was swetting nervous. And what I said wasn't completely all I wanted to say. So here is what I wanted to say:
This shows a person who puts herself first to the point where she's unwilling even to bypass a moment in the spotlight in order to ensure that her baby receives a timely delivery. And someone who wants things her way so much that she's willing to endanger her baby just so she can give birth in the place she prefers, even when that place is thousands of miles away. And someone who is unwilling to accept the limits of nature and insists on getting everything she wants just because, for some idiosyncratic reasons, she wants it - with four children already, the 43-year-old Palin decided to have yet another baby, and apparently took all the hormones and pills necessary to make it happen - and had a Down's syndrome baby who will suffer for a lifetime for her vanity.
Having a baby in your 40s is such a bad choice that women who choose to do so should suffer social disapproval - just like people who smoke or engage in other destructive behaviors.
I'm not talking about legal persecution, like forced abortions or loss of maternity rights - I'm talking about social and conversational disrespect.
As a mother of 4 who had her 4th at 44 I am offended, and appalled that there are many of the opinion that those women who choose to have children in their 40s are irresponsible, or those who decide to have more than two children are selfish. Children are a blessing and God has blessed us and to deny us blessings is really stupid. Dr. Tobler how would you respond to these opinions and comments?