Tuesday, February 5, 2008

the deaf and eugenics

OK, now something serious from News of the Weird-- from The (London) Times on deaf parents wanting their kids to be deaf...

The desire of some deaf parents to create deaf children (and deny them subsequent sound-creating implant surgery, to assure that their kids are raised with the benefits of the deaf lifestyle and support of the "deaf community") made News of the Weird in 1995 and 2002. According to a December report in The Times of London, one provision of the UK's pending Human Tissue and Embryos Bill would prevent embryo-screening couples from creating "designer" babies, but the British Deaf Association is campaigning for an exception to allow deaf parents to choose specific embryos more likely to yield deaf children.

This relates back to my earlier essay on Eugenics...


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