In response to the latest post by MM, there are certain things which doesn’t quite rings true or got me baffled.
The title “Wake Up, America” is confounding. Wake up, America, to do what? To watch the whole drama to unfold on a distant shore? MM alerting USA as an early warning system to prevent similar Bill being drafted in USA and thus preserving the strain of genetically Deaf people well into the 22nd Century? Perhaps not….
The last time I read is that the couple in the video are very likely to utilise the IVF programme due to Paula’s age.
The argument is not about pro-this and anti-that. It is about upholding the democratic principle on freedom of choice, which MM have rightly touched upon but presented it to suit his views. I, myself as parent, still wouldn’t know which path to take if I am faced with this situation. The principle in this case is about freedom of choice which I fully support and I concur that MM is correct to say it is down to the parents to make that choice. I ask, does that apply to all parents regardless of their belief, religion, culture? If that is the case, then we have freedom of choice. If not, I do wonder.
In certain area of the HFEB, it was shown that the Bill have set out to remove the choice of a Deaf parent for a deaf child whereas permit the hearing parent to choose a hearing child. To a hearing person, that would strike as a logical choice and I would like to emphasise that it *is* logical to a hearing person and to a person who thinks like a “hearing person”. What would strike as a logical choice for Deaf parents who is so confident of their cultural upbringing? I have a good idea but I wouldn’t like to second guess that and, at the same time, I would not want to take away that choice. You cannot be prescriptive about what are other parent’s choices are, at the risk of coming across didactic and intolerant.
Ultimately it is down to the parents. Not interference from the Government.
You can go back to bed now!