Should We Cure Deaf Babies? | Rikki Poynter
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In recent scientific news, five deaf couples in western Siberia, Russia, are wanting to undergo an experiment that will take their recessive deafness gene and use that to mutate future babies so that they will not be deaf when born. It is said that these deaf couples have no choice but to do this if they wish to have children who are hearing, not deaf. Because of their recessive deafness gene, there is no chance that their baby will be hearing.

This is a huge debate and goes beyond the cochlear implant debate. While cochlear implants are very controversial, they are not on the same level as an experiment that wipes out a marginalized group.

I give my reaction to this article in this video. While we cannot force deaf people to give birth to deaf children, and we cannot force them to keep themselves deaf (since people have been wanting to do experiments on adults as well), this particular procedure and this being done by a hearing and abled man reeks of eugenics, and brings back memories of Alexander Graham Bell, a hearing man who, regardless of marrying a deaf woman and deaf mother, was pretty anti-deaf and wished to make current deaf people as “hearing” and mainstreamed as possible, and wanted to prevent more deaf people being born in the future.

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+ https://srbpodcast.org/2018/01/11/deaf-in-the-soviet-union/?fbclid=IwAR0sVzlGBs6GOAluulyuipjAOeOLfyXGm-AaU8hrf_uoH_4uq9EwAD4CJA0

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