calling Dr. Wesley Smith...
I would appreciate it if someone would forward this. This info just filtered down to us in the deaf community this week, and we are scrambling to do something about it before it goes to vote. Baroness Deech was very specific in her dislike of people or babies with deafness. Probably into response to some deaf couples choosing to have children who were deaf. Whatever it is about, this is again part of the slippery slope that Dr. Smith writes so well about, and any help we can get at the moment would be appreciated.
I am a deaf person working with other deaf persons in Great Britain, because this week the House of Lords is set to pass a bill making it required to test and keep from being born, fetuses found to carry genetic disease. The following occurred...
ON 19 November 2007 Baroness Deetch made the following contribution in the Second Reading debate in the House of Lords:
'In the scientific field, the Bill confirms the wider use of pre-implantation genetic conditions. That is good. I hope that your Lodships will be pleased that the deliberate choice of an embryo that is, for example likely to be deaf will be prevented by Clause 14."Apparently the Baroness has never met any deaf people...since there are upwards of 450 genes for deafness (some of which do not cause deafness til after ages 20 or 30) in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man this will keep a lot of children from being born.
England is quickly headed in the same direction as the Netherlands. Since Dr. Smith is the best and most vocal opponent against this happening, any help that he can muster would be appreciated.
Karen L. Sadler
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- Thanks for posting this Karen - very much appreciated. In case anyone would like more information, please check this out: www.grumpyolddeafies.com - information is available in English and British Sing Language (BSL).I'm curious, do you have another reference for the upwards of 450 genes for deafness? I get a different number (much smaller number) when I search OMIM.TeresaOn Dec 2, 2007 4:45 PM, Sadler Karen <kspittbull@...> wrote:
Apparently the Baroness has never met any deaf people...since there are upwards of 450 genes for deafness (some of which do not cause deafness til after ages 20 or 30) in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man this will keep a lot of children from being born.
Teresa Blankmeyer Burke
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