Ableism against people with disabilities actually starts in the womb. That’s where otherwise wanted babies are terminated in massive numbers if they are discovered to have a disability. For example the NYT recently reported that over 90% of otherwise wanted babies are aborted if they test positive pre-natally for Down Syndrome. Statistics are similar for spinal bifida and other trisomies, and also quite high for cosmetic anomalies such as clubfeet and cleft lip. It’s another critical area where those of us living with disabilities and “feminists” as defined here part company.
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