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CACL Position on Genetic and Prenatal Testing Technologies

 - June 10, 2014 Equality Rights, CACL Positions

In taking this position we are concerned with the extremely high rates of termination of fetuses thought to carry disability related traits and the process and flow of research, development, assessment, approval and clinical and health care application of genetic and testing technologies (hereafter referred to as genetic and testing technologies) as well as the associated clinical, health care and public policy regulations and protocols for such technologies. We are further concerned that the protection of women’s reproductive rights, which are recognized and supported by CACL, are being used inappropriately and disingenuously as justification for the elimination of fetuses with disability related traits, reinforcing discriminatory and negative attitudes towards people with disabilities rather than the protection of the rights of women. 

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