To Be Or Not To Be – Part I

To Be Or Not To Be – a discussion on eugenics and social Darwinism in the 21st Century

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWZwvc5SJM

sorry folks no time to put up a transcript – basically the vlog is discussing the concept of eugenics
Eugencis = a science that deals with the “improvement” of hereditary qualities of the human race by selective breeding
mentions – UK bill before parliament
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in Clause 14, section 4, number 9 (Lines 23-30, Page 10)
Persons or embryos that are known to have a gene, chromosome or mitochondrion abnormality involving a significant risk that a person with the abnormality will have or develop—
(a) a serious physical or mental disability,
(b) a serious illness, or
(c) any other serious medical condition,
must not be preferred to those that are not known to have such an abnormality.

Passage has significant implication on the reproductive rights of Deaf people

go to:
http://stopeugenics.org/NEW WEBSITE ON STOPPING EUGENICS DIRECTED AT DEAF PEOPLE
www.grumpyoldeafies.com/

British Deaf Association has generated a letter responding to the bill http://tinyurl.com/3xfnfd

Rest of vlog covers the origins of eugenics with Social Darwinism and survival of the fittest / natural selection application to human race. Discussion of AG Bell’s “preventive means” to stop Deaf from marrying and potentially creating more Deaf people

U.S. genetic selection discussion in Mishka Zena http://blog.deafread.com/mishkazena/2007/11/26/ivf-deaf-babies-not-welcome-in-america/

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jean Boutcher
    Nov 30, 2007 @ 09:20:45

    Patti,

    The British Deaf Community’s
    response to the UK Parliament’s bill is excellent. We ought to do the same should a bill like that show up in the USA.

  2. Trackback: HFEB: other places discussing Deaf Eugenics | Stop Eugenics!

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