Campaigners at the learning disability charity Mencap have called on an internet dating site to remove “hurtful” and “discriminatory” language.
They say OkCupid poses a shocking and offensive question as part of its screening process, asking: “Would the world be a better place if people with low IQs were not allowed to reproduce?”
Amy Clarke, who works for Mencap and has a learning disability, said: “I am very upset that OkCupid could ask a question about whether people with a learning disability should be allowed to have children. This is not OK.
“It is shocking and offensive.” By asking the question, she said, “they are making it seem like it is OK to say yes, which it is not”.
So, the actual question is part of their process to see whether people are compatible. The dating site asks you, are kittens cute, do unicorns gambol down sunbeams and should dim people have children. They then try to match you to people who share at least some of your views so that you’ve something to talk about inbetween bumping uglies.
So, rather choppy weather in teacup sort of thing to get offended about. But there’s rather more of a problem to this:
A mother of six with an IQ of 70 should be sterilised for her own safety, the Court of Protection has ruled.
The secretive Court of Protection will rule on the woman’s case on Tuesday, in a rare open hearing scheduled because of the overwhelming “public interest” in understanding the case.
She is due to give birth by caesarean section on Wednesday and could undergo an operation to sterilise her at the same time, if the court agrees.
The British Court of Protection says it needs further medical and psychiatric reports before it can rule on whether or not a 21-year-old woman with “significant learning disabilities” should be forcibly sterilized. The woman, identified as “P,” is scheduled to give birth to her second child this week via C-section. P’s mother, who currently cares for her daughter and grandchild, asked that the court order her daughter to be sterilized to avoid future pregnancies.
Whether or not this should happen is not my point here. That point being that the current law of the land already includes the option of sterilising people, in however exceptional the circumstances, for being too dim. And sorry folks, it’s entirely acceptable to ask whether the law of the land should be as it is or not. Whether as a survey about what the law should be or as a screening filter for those who wish to bump uglies.
We could run this the other way: abortion is generally legal in the UK. Would it be shocking and offensive to ask people whether they approve, disapprove, would never allow, whatever, one before people start to bump uglies?