by Ginger Taylor
In response to JB Handley's new book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, long irrelevant researcher Simon Baron-Cohen has reached a new level of unethical, nonsensical obnoxiousness, by declaring that if you try to prevent autism, you are a Nazi eugenicist:
“I am disgusted by the #EndAutismNow campaign. This is hate speech and eugenics. How is this different to the Nazi EndJewsNow (1939-45) & the KKK white supremacist EndBlacksNow campaigns (1860-2018)? Treat symptoms in autistic people that cause suffering, but don't prevent autism.”
So many question here... my mind is reeling.
It is good of Mr. Cohen to give us permission to treat the symptoms of autism, but only, I guess, if they are symptoms that cause suffering. How that is measured and achieved, I am not sure. If for example, you treat brain inflammation, which in turn ends Self Injurious Behavior, but also flapping, do you have to figure out a way to put back the flapping?
And what if, a woman goes on a strict protocol where she detoxes starting a year before getting pregnant, avoids every known and suspected environmental trigger for autism, and gives birth to a healthy, typically developing child that never suffers an autistic regression. Did she murder her own child? We need to call in the police to investigate every NT child to see if they have been assassinated just in case.
Sure, an autism diagnosis for a child instantly makes them 40 times more likely than their peers to die young, cutting their life expectancy in half to age 36, and preventing a case of autism would jump that life expectancy back to the 77 or so years their peers have, but preventing an early death by preventing autism is also murder, so you are not allowed to do it.
Ok that does not make any sense to me either, but Simon is a scientist so just go with it.
Wait... Simon... if you are allowed to treat autism symptoms that cause a child's suffering, are you allowed to prevent autism symptoms that cause a child's suffering? Or does a child have to suffer with them first, THEN you can get rid of them? And how long do you make them live with it before you decide it meets your threshold for allowable treatment? 1 year? Long enough for them to report it? What if they are non-verbal and unable to successfully report which symptoms they suffer from and which they don't mind? Do we have to wait until they can type? Or until the age of consent, for them to contract with someone themselves for treatment/homicide? Suicide? Assisted suicide?
I am concerned that if we treat for an autistic symptom that is not actually causing suffering, that we might be killing the child. But I guess that if we wait until that child is an adult to seek treatment on their own, that technically they are committing suicide if they are accidentally treated for something else than simply the symptoms that cause suffering.
Hey... if a teenager goes on a gluten free casein free diet, are they committing self-harm? Would that require inpatient treatment, or is outpatient treatment sufficient?
OH NO! How many other people are we murdering by trying to prevent other conditions! I mean, if autism prevention is murder, then how many other people are in the path of a bullet because of our vast research programs into all manner of medical advances in every University and medical institution world wide!?
Quickly (and with out thinking this through) let's set up a human rights commission (in Europe of course) and force every medical provider and researcher to testify, under oath and penalty of death, so that we can route out all these killers. Because potentially (and probably) anyone with an MD or Ph D is a bigoted Nazi eugenicist.
We will need you to provide a full list of the DSM and ICD-9 codes for which prevention is murder.
Or is it just Autism prevention that makes one a heartless murder? Wait... it is all ASD or just full, classic, Kanner's, 299.00 DSM-5™ Autism Diagnostic Criteria? Or is it all DSM defined conditions? Please specify either DSM-4R or DSM-5 as applicable.
What is the criteria for which criteria prevention qualifies said preventer as a murder? And if they prevent a case of autism, it is first degree murder, or involuntary manslaughter? What are the criminal penalties? Wait... if you prevent a case of autism during gestation, is that immoral but legal? Or are you only legally allowed to prevent a case of autism BEFORE 20 weeks gestation? I guess we are going to have different laws in every state. Man... policing this is going to be very hard.
But I think we can all agree that any AUTISM researcher, who has worked on anything that could be used for autism prevention is a Nazi eugenicist.
Have you ever worked on anything related to autism prevention? Perhaps I should have you testify in our new human rights abuse court first?
Wait... I just realized... I don't care what you think.
Here is the thing, Simon... YOU don't get to withhold medical interventions from others because of your intellectually and morally challenged politics and philosophy.
This is NOT your call, and it ends your credibility, what little there was left, as an scientific investigator.
"How is this different to the Nazi EndJewsNow (1939-45) & the KKK white supremacist EndBlacksNow campaigns (1860-2018)?"
Are you kidding? Because instead of killing them, it seeks to make them more healthy and functional. Instead of imprisoning them, it intends to make them more free and independent. Instead of limiting their possibilities in life, it expands them. It is the exact opposite of that the Klan and the Nazi's wanted to do. What is wrong with you?
Again... autism cuts life expectancy in half to age 36, and makes a child 40 times more likely to die in an accident. HOW DARE YOU presume that you have the right to tell parents they are not allowed to prevent this life threatening condition in their children!
Further, it's the genetics cause autism squad that are working toward the prenatal genetic screening panel that actually will be used to ACTUALLY KILL children in the womb to "prevent" autism the way others "prevent" downs syndrome. Making autism, or even a mere predisposition for autism, an actual death sentence for many.
What you have done here is horrid and evil.
To attack parents who want to support good health so kids never suffer in the first place as NAZIs?! That is beyond the pale.
Who the hell do you think you are to issue this dictum? Shame on you for this attack.
Ethics complaint to University of Cambridge incoming.