Progressive Media and the War on the Unborn

April 22, 2011 04:05

The Wonkette controversy goes far beyond a blogger with bad taste and no conscience. It tells us a lot about the mentality of the progressives in charge of the federal government who are moving ahead with implementation of Obamacare.

By Cliff Kincaid

A pathetic blogger at the left-wing blog Wonkette made fun of Sarah Palin’s son Trig, who has Down syndrome. Dana Loesch of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism website has exposed this whole sordid affair, noting, “This is what happens when a little-known blogger who edits the literary equivalent of the bathroom wall in Walmart isn’t clever enough to either write satire or convey why he doesn’t like the Palins. And this is considered acceptable by progressives.”

What drives a left-wing blogger to mock a little boy with a disability? Is it just hatred for Sarah Palin, a pro-life mother who exposes what is at stake in the battle over the “right to choose?” Or is it that a mother would bring a child with Down syndrome into the world?

This controversy is important because of what it says about the progressive mentality. The progressives, who like to think of themselves as guardians of the most vulnerable and defenseless among us, do not have any sympathy for people they believe should not exist or be born. They believe that a mother should terminate the life of a baby with potential defects. This is not only because of their belief that women’s rights always trump the rights of the unborn, but because it is too costly to take care of them, once they come into the world. They support Big Government and higher spending, except on babies whose visible and active lives would make left-wing feminists, a key part of their constituency, feel uncomfortable.

The Wonkette controversy goes far beyond a blogger with bad taste and no conscience. It tells us a lot about the mentality of the progressives in charge of the federal government who are moving ahead with implementation of Obamacare.

It is a fact that when government takes more and more control over the health care of the people, the government will inevitably take over more and more decisions about who lives and who dies. This is the obvious danger that confronts us as Obamacare unfolds. However, in the U.S., at least for the time being, we can make most of those decisions for ourselves. The news is breaking that “Baby Joseph” has returned to Canada, after receiving medical treatment from U.S. hospitals that he couldn’t get in his native country, which has socialized medicine. The costs of the medical operation, which left the child free from tubes and machines, were borne by Priests for Life.

In New Zealand, which also has socialized medicine, the situation is even more dire, as the government promotes the screening and killing of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. As I noted in a previous column, “The new government policy in New Zealand was preceded by the completion of a report on the ‘cost effectiveness’ of aborting Down syndrome babies. It was determined that it was just too expensive to allow these babies to live.”

However, it appears that “60 Minutes”—the version that airs in New Zealand—may be turning a critical eye on what the government has been doing.

Mike Sullivan, a professional engineer in New Zealand, is the father of an almost-three-year-old girl with Down syndrome and an advocate for the rights of the handicapped. He says the upcoming New Zealand “60 Minutes” show covers the government’s “quality improvement” program that was introduced last year and targets unborn babies with Down syndrome for eradication through preventing births. “For those who are not aware of this issue,” he says, “the government’s screening program is preventing the births of 75 percent of people with Down syndrome and is a gross form of discrimination against this group of people, treating these people as less human than others.”

He says the documentary will cover these areas:

  • The legal action that is being taken out by 23 parents and Right to Life of New Zealand against the government of New Zealand for crimes against humanity.
  • Evidence that the government deliberately avoided public consultation on the new program and has excluded people with Down syndrome in their decision making.
  • Evidence that the government understood the consequences of the program would be to reduce the number of births of people with Down syndrome.
  • Presenting the everyday lives of people with Down syndrome, who are just “getting on with life like the rest of us.”

Sullivan says that while it is not entirely confirmed, it looks like “60 Minutes” of New Zealand will air the story next Wednesday, April 27. While the audience is in New Zealand, the program could be a warning of what could happen to America’s most vulnerable under Obamacare.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at

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