Palin v. Obama

August 30, 2008

Palin: “I’m looking at him [her infant son who has Down Syndrome] right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”

Obama: “As I understand it, this [Born-Infants-Alive Act] puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they were performing the procedure, that, in fact, this is a nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child – however way you want to describe it – is now outside the mother’s womb and the doctor continues to thing that it’s nonviable and there’s, let’s say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just coming out limp and dead, that, in fact, they would then have to call in a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved. …  I suspect and my impression is, is that the Medical Society suspects as well that doctors feel that they would be under that obligation, that they would already be making these determinations and that, essentially adding a – an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.”

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