Members of Congress are pushing to take away phrases that many individuals with disabilities discover offensive from federal legislation. (Thinkstock)
Years after the time period “psychological retardation” was stripped from many federal statutes, quite a few references to “mentally retarded” stay. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers needs to alter that.
A invoice launched late final week within the U.S. Home of Representatives would substitute language that many with disabilities discover offensive in additional than two-dozen cases within the U.S. Code.
The transfer comes greater than a decade after passage of Rosa’s Regulation, which eliminated “psychological retardation” from federal well being, schooling and labor coverage in favor of “mental incapacity,” however failed to deal with references to “mentally retarded,” in response to lawmakers behind the newest effort.
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The brand new laws generally known as the “Phrases Matter Act,” or H.R. 8863, would replace legal guidelines referencing “mentally retarded” in addition to some circumstances the place “psychological retardation” stays with the phrases “mental incapacity” or “mental disabilities” as a substitute.
“This invoice simply is sensible,” mentioned Rep. Mark Pocan, the invoice’s lead sponsor. “Federal legislation ought to mirror the time through which we dwell and never embrace dangerous phrases or slurs. The Phrases Matter Act will modernize our legal guidelines, and take away offensive language from the U.S. Code. … I look ahead to this invoice’s speedy passage so we will retire this language as soon as and for all.”
Along with Pocan, the measure is sponsored by Reps. Pete Classes, R-Texas, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Thomas Suozzi, D-N.Y. and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.
The invoice would modify the language utilized in legal guidelines pertaining to a variety of presidency packages together with psychological well being courts, intermediate care services, faculty lunch and different areas.
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