As though I would feel better about them wanting to prevent my friends.
As though anyone thinks, in-utero, they would be able to tell the difference. This is a real question.
This is a real fear.
If you want to take me seriously, you have to take this seriously.
There is no respect for me, for people like me, for what reality is like for me, unless you think seriously about what “preventing autism” means when someone like me hears those words.”
This was a question that was asked in a post by ThAutcast: Aspergers and Autism Community.
To me this post raises several valid, yet rarely considered perspectives and questions when it comes to the significant increase in the amount of genetic research now being done on Autism.
The last great medical/scientific/genetic break through that was spoken about in terms of prevention in such way was finding the genetic markers for Down Syndrome.This ‘break through’ has now resulted in the practice of regular screening tests for Down Syndrome being carried out on pregnant women.
As a consequence there are now far fewer babies being born with Down Syndrome.
You might want to ask yourself why it is that as a society we’ve simply just swallowed the need for such prenatal testing to be done as a matter of course?
You might want to also ask yourself whether or not discovering a genetic marker for Autism will automatically be used in the same manner that finding the genetic marker for Down Syndrome has been?
If we can so blindly accept this form of ‘genetic cleansing‘, then we really do have to ask ourselves what form of genetic cleansing will be next?
So given it’s already established track record of testing for and promoting the abortion of fetuses’ genetically marked out as ‘disabled’, why should people with Autism feel as if they’re human rights are being taken seriously when scientists and geneticists begin talking about Autism in terms of prevention?
So what do you think when you hear the term ‘Autism Prevention‘?
Are you offended by it?
Do you see it as being a form of disablism?
If people were talking about human life in terms of ‘fair skinned or dark-skinned prevention’ would you be offended by it?
Would you see it as a form of racism?