Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill
There is currently a huge furore within the Deaf community following the publication of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. It basically proposes in Clause 14, section 4, number 9 (Lines 23-30, Page 10), that:
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 developâ€”
(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.
If the Bill is enacted, this could mean that Deaf people are prevented from having children, either through natural means, IVF or as donors, surrogates etc., simply because there is a chance that the child born will be Deaf.
This has huge ramifications for the Deaf community, particularly Deaf families with generations of Deaf children, such as my in-laws, and will impact my wife and I’s plans to have children.
I have done my bit for the Stop! Campaign, which has started in earnest. I have sent a clip of myself saying “Stop!”, and you should to, if you haven’t already. All you need to do is make a recording of your signing “Stop” and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wear dark tops, and stand in front of plain background. Go here to see who has contributed so far.
Show your opposition to this Bill, before it’s too late.