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Autism Speaks Urges GOP Bloc to Lift Hold on Republican Autism Bill
Measure Requires Approval by Sept. 30
NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 23, 2011) – Four Republican colleagues are continuing to block a vote in the Senate renewing the landmark 2006 Combating Autism Act by raising 11th-hour objections to a Republican-sponsored bill that was voted out of the U. S. House of Representatives Tuesday. Autism Speaks is calling on the Republican lawmakers to lift their “hold” on the bill so that the full Senate can have the opportunity to vote for it.
Requiring only the approval of the Senate, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act would continue the federal government’s commitment to autism research, treatment and services for another three years at current funding levels. If Congress doesn’t complete action by September 30, critical provisions in the law will expire, stopping research into autism which the national Centers for Disease Control has declared a public health emergency.
Autism, which is a developmental disorder, now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in every 70 boys. President Obama has promised to sign legislation renewing the 2006 law once Congress completes action on a bill.
The bill was unanimously voted out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on September 7 and has been awaiting final Senate action. Recognizing the short time left for Congress to act, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) agreed to expedite a vote in the House on Tuesday where the bill cleared by voice vote. The measure has strong bipartisan support in both houses of Congress and was originally sponsored in the Senate by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY).
The Ciombating Autism Act was approved in 2006 by a Republican-controlled Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush. No objections had been raised to the new bill until Senator Menendez asked the Senate on Monday to approve the bill by unanimous consent. Along with Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) blocked the request, raising objections for the first time publicly to the bill which was introduced in May.
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Sen. Robert Menendez went to the Senate floor today to ask that his bill, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, which has overwhelming bipartisan support, be passed by the Senate. Two Republican Senators raised objections, holding up passage and threatening funding for federal autism programs scheduled to expire in a matter of weeks.
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.