Editorial #232: Hey Autism Advocacy Organizations! Pick a Side!
Autism Politico knows autism advocates and autism advocacy organizations read this blog because we’ve seen you talking about us in your groups, pages, forums, and chat rooms, and so if you are a member of an autism advocacy organization, or a supporter of an autism advocate, or have given your money or time to one, or bought a book written by them, you may want to ask them why they aren’t commenting on anything that is written here.
Autism Politico knows why it is. We make them nervous. That’s why. And today we are going to make them nervous again.
Autism Politico is not going to tell its readers where it stands on the issue of abortion, but will instead ask autism advocacy organizations to declare where they stand on this issue.
The reason we’re doing this is because we’re tired of hearing pro-choice advocates and pro-choice members of autistic advocacy organizations whining in pitiful tones about how terrible it is that a genetic test for autism will soon allow women to abort fetuses with autistic DNA. The view that these advocacy organizations seem to have is that abortion is the greatest thing in the world as long as it’s only fetuses with neurotypical DNA that are getting the chop.
That hacking a fetus to pieces may be immoral, unethical, or irreligious never seems to enter their heads. That a woman seeking an abortion might have been raped never seems to enter their heads either.
In other words, autism advocates and autism advocacy organizations seem to want to have it both ways. They want to preserve the rights of autistic fetuses. They want to preserve the rights of women to choose whether or not to have an abortion, but they don’t give a crap about neurotypical fetuses (and if you think of it, the more neurotypicals that don’t get born, the more the population of autistics will increase if elective abortions of autistic fetuses is banned).
And so Autism Politico is calling upon all the autism advocates and autism advocacy organizations to take a stand and declare themselves. We want them to give us definitive statements like:
“We are against the elective abortion of autistic fetuses, but we strongly support the right of women to abort fetuses with neurotypical DNA.”
“As long as it’s only neurotypical fetuses getting chopped to pieces, we don’t care.”
The issue is a simple one. You simply tell people what you think. Why are we bring this up now? Because the issue is coming to the forefront: Some states in the US are now cutting funds to women’s clinics.
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said Friday that he would sign a bill cutting off Medicaid financing for Planned Parenthood, a move that lawmakers in several states have begun pondering as a new approach in the battle over abortion. Indiana becomes the first state to go forward.
Indiana’s bill includes other provisions aimed at limiting abortion. Among them: a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases rather than an earlier standard of viability, which was often determined by doctors to be several weeks later. Several states, including Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, have recently set earlier limits.
The time for autism advocates and autism advocacy organizations to make a name for themselves by either supporting or fighting against these measures is now. But you will not see them make a move. Why? because they want your money and your support, that’s why. And when they get your money, what they will advocate against is the selective abortion of autistic fetuses, thereby limiting a women’s choice. This is what is called neurodiversity.
Replies to this editorial are welcome.