A lot of debate has been going on about Clause 14. An awful lot of debate about a deaf person’s right to choose to have a deaf or hearing child. Have your eyes glazed over yet? They won’t after reading this.
To summarise, Clause 14 says that people who have inherited conditions (disability, illness or serious medical condition) –
What does this mean? It means that –
You can show your support to stop Clause 14 from becoming law by writing to your local MP. A copy of a letter you may want to use can be found HERE.
But what people may have forgotten about is the other side to all of this.
The human side.
Just imagine if Clause 14 was made law. What about the person that is born disabled then? Just close your eyes for a second. You’re human with human emotions, and have the power to reason, just like everyone else. You happen to have a part of your body that doesn’t work. Let’s say, you have Down’s Syndrome. You know you have Down’s. Heck, that’s ok isn’t it? The problem is other people’s attitudes. Now, imagine ….. one day, you find out about Clause 14, and you suddenly realise, that perhaps your parents didn’t or don’t want you. Other people don’t want you around. Just because you have Down’s. When all along, you thought you were loved. Wouldn’t your world just cave in?
I remember having this horrible gnawing feeling of exclusion at school. I went to a hearing school. People would stare at me as if I had two heads. Just because they had been told I’m deaf. I clearly remember a group of first years walking past me in the corridor one day. I knew one of them, as her older sister was in my class. She had obviously told the rest of her class that I’m deaf, for they all turned and stood there staring at me as if I was a green alien beamed down from Mars. At meal times, no one would let me sit at their table, if there were few spaces left – the caterers regularly set a few tables less at the weekends as a lot of boarders went home, so you had to hunt for a place to sit. I had to beg to sit somewhere. Just because I couldn’t hear them and join in. At Physical Education, no one wanted me on their team and I was always the last one picked. Just because I couldn’t join in their banter. I had to put up with this kind of crap for five years. It scars you. It burns you to the core. I still deal with crap like this today, but thankfully I don’t have to live with the people concerned, I can walk away from them. They can’t.
Now imagine …. if your parents and family felt like this. That you’re somehow ‘wrong’ and shouldn’t be here. Your fellow students. Your work colleagues. Your social contacts. Anyone you came into contact with.
It doesn’t bear thinking about. It’s Hitler all over again. And this is why we must stop Clause 14.
In my opinion, ‘disability’ is a politically incorrect term – wouldn’t a better one be ‘having different abilities’? And what’s ‘wrong’ with being different, anyway?
Until you have experienced exclusion through no fault of your own and walked a mile in those shoes, you can’t imagine how horrible it is to be on the receiving end of it.
Please write to your MP today and help to stop this crap.