Slippery slope watch: Eliminating a medical condition – by eliminating its sufferers

Posted by: ST on August 3, 2006 at 5:54 am

Chuck Colson, writing for Townhall.com, explains the real deal behind the ‘cutting edge science’ medical researchers in Britain are touting that would supposedly eliminate autism:

British medical researchers recently announced plans to use cutting-edge science to eliminate a condition my family is familiar with: autism. Actually, they are not “curing” autism or even making life better for autistic people. Their plan is to eliminate autism by eliminating autistic people.

There is no in utero test for autism as there is for Down syndrome. As I have previously told “BreakPoint” listeners, that testing, combined with abortion-on-demand, has made people with Down syndrome an endangered population. By some estimates, 90 percent of these people—who, if allowed to live, can live happy and healthy lives—are aborted.

In the absence of such a test for autism, researchers at University College Hospital London are settling for what they call a “close enough” solution. They have applied for permission to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, to screen out male embryos in families with a history of autism.

Their “logic” is that since 90 percent of all autistic people are males, their testing would allow families with autistic children “to have a daughter free from the condition.” Of course, they would have also killed males who were not autistic. Talk about wholesale gender cleansing.

The critics are not convinced. Simone Aspis of the British Council of Disabled People drew the what-should-be obvious inference: “Screening for autism would create a society where only perfection is valued.” In the brave new world of the researchers, it is reasonable to fear “that anyone who is different in any way will not be accepted.”

Here in the states, bioethicist Ben Mitchell said that “if unborn children are being eliminated for a genetic disposition to autism, no one is safe . . . Today autism, tomorrow intelligence below 70 I.Q., the next day male pattern baldness. When will this madness stop?”

Indeed. When?

With the way things are going in the UK, one day women who are found to be pregnant with less than perfect children may be able to abort that child in the privacy of their own home.

It’s all about convienience, isn’t it?

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  1. Big Mo says:

    Another one of the “glories” of modern science. This actually scares me. I have a son who’s condition falls within the autism spectrum. He’s my pride and joy, but these butcher “scientists” would rather he never be born.

  2. WildPonyMom says:

    Since I have an autistic son my opinion probably won’t be accepted … however, the Mind Institute at UC Davis is leading the way in autism research and if they can’t find a “cure,” or a “cause” … what makes British medical researchers so sure they’re right? The simple fact is no one knows how, or why people are afflicted with autistism. Some point to the environment, some to immunizations, some to genetics … there are no autistic people on either sides of Erich’s family, yet he was diagnosed with autism, so that leaves out genetics … he was immunized after 2001, so that leaves out the preservative in immunizations … the environment? That would be the only thing left, but there’s no supporting evidence and we have neighbors with children Erich’s age who are typically advancing … so my unscientific finding is that’s not it either.

    Additionally, as a spectrum disorder there are a lot of autistics who are so high level functioning you wouldn’t be able to pick an autistic out of a line up! It’s not something you can point to and say, “Look, there goes an autistic.”

    Erich is the first known autistic in our family. We have two grandsons who are neuro-typical … would that mean that since Erich’s birth our daughter would have been forced to abort them??

    Two final words: It’s disgusting.

  3. I know your post did not focus on Down syndrome, but I find it funny that there is a waiting list (over 200 families deep) waiting to adopt a child WITH Down syndrome. 200 families! There’s a WAITING LIST for people who WANT THESE CHILDREN. And yet most are aborted. If only people knew what a child with Down syndrome can bring into their lives and the world. I should know. I have two adopted daughters who both have a wonderful extra chormosome!

  4. Marshall Art says:

    How dare you people suggest we interfere with the self-centered!!! What are you, Christian fanatics?!!