Asked in Conditions and DiseasesAutism
How can autism be prevented?
May 14, 2015 5:55AM
The only way to prevent autism would be to practice eugenics -
basically, be like the Nazi's.
It would mean identifying genetic factors that cause autism in order to either genetically modify children so that they aren't born Autistic or to be able to perform pre-natal screening in order to allow parents to abort pregnancies where the fetus is Autistic. It would also mean potentially eradicating Autistic people or sterilizing us so that we cannot have Autistic children, thus cutting out Autism from the gene pool.
March 13, 2009 4:43AM
Because autism is genetic, it cannot be prevented in most cases. In some cases, when a family has a history of autism, they may choose not to have a baby; but this is preventing the birth of a child, not preventing autism directly.