"Medically Necessary" Abortion

Prenatal screening for Down syndrome was widely introduced in 1989 (1), but the recent increase in this practice is due to the introduction of first trimester screening in 2010 (2). The first trimester screening uses maternal serum markers to identify abnormal levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and pregnancy associated plasma protein (PAPP-2) which are indicators that the child will likely be born with Down syndrome (3). In the United States, as well as many other countries, it is legal to request an abortion solely because the baby screened positive for Down syndrome. The common term for abortion of this nature is medically necessary. This is surprising, as most often medically necessary abortions are considered to be preventative of the expected death of either mother or child. However, the U.S. definition of medically necessary abortion is “a continuation of the pregnancy that would endanger the life of the pregnant woman or a pregnancy in which the fetus would be very likely be born with a grave, permanent, and irremediable mental or physical defect” (4).

In Denmark and Iceland, first trimester screening is offered free of charge to every pregnant woman. Their governments require each pregnant woman be told about the screening. This has had the effect of a high termination rate for pregnancies that show a greater chance of Down syndrome. In Denmark this rate is 98% and in Iceland this rate is almost 100%. In the United States, this rate is 67% (5).

Though the performance of an abortion to dispose of a baby who is likely to be born with Down syndrome is legal, hospitals in the U.S. are not required by law to perform a medically necessary abortion. The only exception to this is in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia (6). Medically necessary abortions also are not required by law in many international countries such as Denmark (7) and Iceland (8).

It is our policy at IWP Capital to fail any company that provides abortions to patients, regardless of reason, under our Abortion Provider screen.

(1) NHS Choices, NHS, 5 Mar. 2018, www.nhs.uk/news/genetics-and-stem-cells/downs-syndrome-qa/.

(2) Gillian M. Tringham, Tariq S. Nawaz, Stephen Holding, Jane Mcfarlane, Stephen W. Lindow, Introduction of first trimester combined test increases uptake of Down's syndrome screening, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Volume 159, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 95-98

(3) Karin M. Fuchs, Jeffrey F. Peipert, First Trimester Down Syndrome Screening: Public Health Implications, Seminars in Perinatology, Volume 29, Issue 4, 2005, Pages 267-271

(4) US Supreme Court. Doe v. Bolton. 22 Jan. 1973.

(5) Lajka, Julian Quinones Arijeta. “‘What Kind of Society Do You Want to Live in?": Inside the Country Where Down Syndrome Is Disappearing.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 14 Aug. 2017, www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/.

(6) “An Overview of Abortion Laws.” Guttmacher Institute, 12 Nov. 2018, www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-abortion-laws.

(7) Berkman Klein Center, cyber.harvard.edu/population/abortion/Denmark.abo.htm.

(8) “25/1975: Lög Um Ráðgjöf Og Fræðslu Varðandi Kynlíf Og Barneignir Og Um Fóstureyðingar Og Ófrjósemisaðgerðir.” Alþingi, www.althingi.is/lagas/nuna/1975025.html.

Netflix Original Content Celebrates Abortion

Netflix Inc  (NFLX)

Comedian Michelle Wolf on her Sunday show led a "salute to abortion" that culminated in her cheering, “God bless abortions and God bless America!”

At the end of “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” her new Netflix show, Wolf dressed up in an American flag leotard and led the crowd in pro-abortion cheers backed by a band.

“Women, if you need an abortion, get one,” Wolf said. “If you want an abortion, get one.”

Click on image to view video.  (Warning:  Disturbing content and profanity.)

Click on image to view video.  (Warning:  Disturbing content and profanity.)

IWP Capital, LLC will not sit idly by and let this go.  We cannot remain silent.  And we are not alone in this area of outrage.  Fr. John Rapisarda is taking action shown in his blog post.  This stunt has caused quite a stir with The National Review, LifeSiteNews, The American CatholicThe Daily Wire and many more news sources and blog posts.

This week, we have written letters to the CEO, Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Finance/Investor Relations to protest this atrocious episode of their program and demanding action.

July 25, 2018
Reed Hastings
Netflix, Inc.
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Re: “The Break with Michelle Wolf”
Dear Mr. Hastings,
An atrocious recent episode of “The Break with Michelle Wolf” has come to our attention.  The title of this episode was “Salute to Abortion.”  This show made a total mockery of the pro-life movement including the statement, “God Bless Abortion.”  We are disappointed that Netflix would choose to promote these views with your original content on your platform.
Our firm, IWP Capital, LLC, performs socially responsible screening and advocacy for many Catholic clients, money managers with Catholic products, and consultants that work in the Catholic market.  We screen over $1 billion dollars of assets and vote many of their proxies, as well. 
Netflix currently passes our screening and is held in many of our portfolios and associated client portfolios.  In light of the cavalier stance Netflix has taken on the grave topic of abortion, we are considering failing Netflix and passing this information on those companies that rely on our opinion.
Beyond a corporate apology, one way to prevent any further action on our part would be for this show to be cancelled or have Ms. Wolf removed as host.  Until such time, we will vote against the whole slate of Netflix’s corporate board members until this is resolved to our satisfaction.  We will recommend this same course of action to our network of like-minded investors.
We welcome a discussion about this issue and hope that it is resolved in a timely manner.
Samuel Saladino III
Founder & CEO
IWP Capital, LLC

Action Items for you to consider:

  • Cancel your subscription to Netflix.  (Many of our employees have done this.)
  • Send an email to their Public Relations Dept.  (See link below.)
  • Write letters to the decision makers at Netflix.  (See contact info below.)
  • Pray for Netflix and all those that work there that their hearts may be softened.

Netflix Contact Info:

Public Relations Dept.

Reed Hastings
Netflix, Inc.
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Kelly Bennett
Chief Marketing Officer
Netflix, Inc.
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Spencer Wang
VP, Finance/Investor Relations & Corporate Development
Netflix, Inc.
750 University Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95032