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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Reader 1

Jih-Fei Cheng

Reader 2

Piya Chatterjee

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Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21, is the most commonly occurring genetic condition, and yet there exists a great deal of misinformation and misconception about the lived experience and value of Down syndrome in society. Its construction as a disability is deeply intertwined with racist rhetoric and, despite changes in language, this construction of Down syndrome as a racialized disability category has immense implications in clinical and prenatal genetic counseling settings. This thesis seeks to examine the past and present of Down syndrome in conversation with reproductive justice, disability justice, and the current norms of practice in genetic counseling. In doing so, this thesis makes recommendations towards a disability-centered and actively counter-eugenic genetic counseling practice.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.