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Disabled or Just Different?

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In this ABC documentary aired on Compass in 2001 it examines the ethical and moral dilemmas posed by genetic testing and antenatal screening. 

It's natural that every parent should wish to give birth to a perfect child but some disability advocates claim that social pressures often leads parents to terminate their unborn child even for relatively minor abnormalities. Is disability a bad thing and something to be avoided at all costs? 

With the numbers of terminations on the rise, how do we decide what is disability and what is just difference? Where do we draw the line? Is society becoming perfection centred and unable to cope with diversity? What sort of humans should there be, and who decides?

Biotechnology presents particular risks for disabled people who want acceptance and assistance to live, not prevention from being born. This issue is now at the forefront of ethical debate around the world. 

The transcript can be read in the link below. 

http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s315425.htm

 

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Author
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Source
Compass
Publisher
Australian Broadcasting Commission
Publication Date
1 January 1970
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Ethics
Origin
Australia

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