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Compassion deficit

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This story was above the fold in the National Post this morning:

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada will recommend next month that all expectant mothers undergo screening for fetal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome — not just those over the age of 35, as is the practice.

The recommendation, to be released in the society’s journal on Feb. 1, echoes a bulletin issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists this month and comes on the heels of a study that suggests amniocentesis –an invasive procedure done during pregnancy to screen for Down’s syndrome and other congenital defects — carries less risk of miscarriage than was previously believed.

But while these pronouncements may provide guidance for expectant parents and some degree of comfort for women facing such tests, they could also present ethical concerns about where the information provided by these procedures will lead.

Dr. Andre Lalonde, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Ottawa and the executive vice president of the SOGC, said the society decided to issue the recommendation so that a greater number of women would have the option to terminate their pregnancies should fetal abnormalities be detected.

“Yes, it’s going to lead to more termination, but it’s going to be fair to these women who are 24 who say, ‘How come I have to raise an infant with Down’s syndrome, whereas my cousin who was 35 didn’t have to?’ ” Dr. Lalonde said. “We have to be fair to give women a choice.”

Sounds like a clear case of Compassion Deficit Syndrome.

Philip Blosser: Doctor of Philosophy – Articles Online:

Instead of seeing children with Down syndrome as beautiful little people
with almond-shaped eyes and winning smiles, [people with CDS] see “things” who “suffer from mental retardation” and are “deformed.” Instead of seeing children, they see “choices”; instead of recognizing the humanity of people with disabilities, they tend to see them as “burdens” to be thrown off at all costs.

… [An] almost universal feature of those afflicted with CDS is that they
see themselves as compassionate, sensible and practical in their approach to
unborn babies with disabilities. They speak of their “concern” for the child
and parents, should the child be born “disabled.” They speak of “options”
and may say, “We only want what is best for you and your baby.” They see
themselves as compassionate when they are glad that new methods of detecting
“deformities” in utero are found–not so that they can cure the baby–but
for the single purpose of giving mothers the “choice” of getting a “safe”
abortion.

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Written by Curt

January 6, 2007 at 10:33 am

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  1. It was a nice surprise to see a portion of my article quoted on your page-thank you.
    Here is the entire article, in case you are interested:

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    Compassion Deficit Syndrome Identified as Factor in Death of Millions

    By Kathy Ratkiewicz 10/09/03

    People who suffer from the disorder known as “compassion deficit syndrome”(CDS), which affects a great many individuals in our society, and has been a decisive factor in the death of millions, tend to have jaded world-views.

    Instead of seeing children with Down syndrome as beautiful little people
    with almond-shaped eyes and winning smiles, they see “things” who “suffer from mental retardation” and are “deformed.” Instead of seeing children, they see “choices”; instead of recognizing the humanity of people with disabilities, they tend to see them as “burdens” to be thrown off at all
    costs.

    Unlike other syndromes, those who suffer from CDS are not born with the
    syndrome fully intact; it develops gradually. There are no generalized
    physical characteristics, but they do share common mental characteristics:
    over time their brains apparently malfunction to the extent that they
    believe that the best way to deal with people with other types of
    “handicaps” is to kill them. A striking characteristic of the syndrome is
    that those afflicted by it do not recognize the fact that they are, in fact,
    more disabled than the people they deem unworthy of life.

    The real danger in the syndrome, however, lies in the fact that the brain
    malfunction serves to trick the CDS sufferer into believing that what he
    advocates is a desirable course of action; in some cases, the malfunction
    has progressed to such an extent that the CDS sufferer even believes that
    what he is advocating is an acceptable, moral, and even desirable solution
    to the problem of “unwanted” children or individuals.

    They do have their creative sides, however. In order to accomplish their
    goal of ridding the world of ‘unwanted’ individuals, those afflicted with
    CDS tend to use words fraught with mystery, words like “fetus” and
    “termination” when referring to “unborn babies” and “abortion.” “Quality of
    life” also gets a lot of use, and CDS sufferers are extremely gifted in
    bringing it into discussions, no matter how great a stretch is needed to
    make it “fit.”

    They spin great swelling stories about children with disabilities: for
    example, they tend to lean heavily toward using the words “suffer,”
    “retarded” and “deformity” whenever possible to try to help convince
    expectant parents that the “loving option” is to “terminate the pregnancy”
    of a “down syndrome fetus.” They also excel in the medical arts, devising
    tests–not for the purpose of healing individuals, as would be the natural
    inclination of those not afflicted with CDS–but for the express purpose of
    eliminating those whom they have decided are not worthy of life.

    Another almost universal feature of those afflicted with CDS is that they
    see themselves as compassionate, sensible and practical in their approach to unborn babies with disabilities. They speak of their “concern” for the child and parents, should the child be born “disabled.” They speak of “options” and may say, “We only want what is best for you and your baby.” They see themselves as compassionate when they are glad that new methods of detecting “deformities” in utero are found–not so that they can cure the baby–but for the single purpose of giving mothers the “choice” of getting a “safe” abortion.

    In reality, their hearts have become so hardened that they are incapable of
    understanding the joy that can be found in parenting a child with
    disabilities, as they focus on -and exaggerate- the negative aspects. A
    further, almost diagnostic characteristic of CDS, is the apparent inability
    of those afflicted with it to understand the concepts of nurturing, selfless
    love, and basic respect for life. They do not understand that you can accept
    and love a child, simply because he IS.

    At present, since there is no known physical cure for those afflicted with
    CDS, the best approach is prevention. There is evidence to suggest that
    teaching children moral absolutes such as “Thou shalt not kill,” and “Do
    unto others as you would have them to do unto you,” are some of the best
    means at hand to stop the spread of this deadly syndrome. That–and lots of prayer.

    Kathy Ratkiewicz

    January 9, 2007 at 9:33 pm

  2. I feel sorry for all those people, from what I read there might be hope in the future.
    At least latest research shows some promising results. (nature)

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