Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Newsweek Profiles Ari Ne'eman, Raises Eugenics Issue

In an article on ASAN President Ari Ne'eman, Newsweek reporter Claudia Kalb discusses the potential eugenic implications of genetic research on autism. This is a significant disability rights issue in light of the increasing number of genetic conditions for which prenatal tests have been developed.

ASAN does not oppose genetic research, as the article makes clear. However, ASAN has raised concerns about the lack of adequate ethical safeguards to ensure that such research is conducted for the benefit of, and always with the meaningful involvement of, the Autistic population as stakeholders. A thorough review of current and proposed genetic research is necessary to implement strong ethical standards and administrative rules to prevent such work from being conducted for eugenic purposes.

You can take part in the online discussion by following the link above and posting a comment on the article. Letters to the editor for the online magazine should be sent to webeditors@newsweek.com and, for the US print edition, letters@newsweek.com is the address.

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