Sarah-Kate Templeton, the reporter behind the TimesOnline article “Deaf demand right to designer deaf children” woefully falls short of explaining why the Deaf have a big problem with the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (AKA Eugenics Bill). There is an exclusive and incorrect focus on the myth that the Deaf are trying to genetically design their babies to have the Deaf gene. What the protesting Deaf are trying to do is to protect an embryo from being tossed aside once it is found to have the Deaf gene. The parents-to-be should retain the choice to legally continue growing the embryo, despite the screening discovery of a Deaf gene.
There is insufficient space in the article dedicated to explaining the wider implications of the bill for groups other than the Deaf and how the Deaf who have embraced their culture are able to have a full and normal lives in all kinds of senses. The article paints the Deaf people who are protesting this bill as bad guys who want to hold back the so-called “miracle” of embryo screening to filter out undesired genetic flaws.
This is a problem that I’ve seen happen in the media too many times regarding the Deaf and its culture. The information put out is almost always insufficient and ends up making the Deaf look lame in comparison.
Moreover, I’ve discovered that this article was commented upon on by Fark visitors. Fark.com is a website that seeks out and links to articles that are easily considered flamebaits. The site also has many juvenile commenters who can be extremely crude.
You can view the true color of how many unenlightened hearing people perceive the Deaf. As of this time, there are 249 comments, many of which are particularly vitriolic. I would like to put out a caution to readers who may be sensitive and easily get upset at tasteless comments. You may want to skip the link below.
This is the kind of attitude that Deaf have to put up with (directly or indirectly) on a daily basis and is one that we are seeking to overturn.
Black people have made significant progress to the point where it is so politically incorrect to utter racial slurs. The Deaf need to make the similar progress in changing the collective consciousness of hearing people.
More can be seen over at http://stopeugenics.org/
including their response to the article.