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Iowa Senate agrees to strike the word “retarded” from state law


This news story was published on February 28, 2012.
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The Iowa Senate unanimously agreed today to change some unsavory terminology in its code.

References to mental retardation as “retarded” in Iowa’s law would be replaced with “intellectual disability.”  The Iowa House still has to approve the bill.

Read the bill here.

See how lobbyists weighed in on the measure.

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3 Responses to Iowa Senate agrees to strike the word “retarded” from state law

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    Larry Reply Report comment

    February 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It sure seems like they should have more important things to tend to than changing wording. It’s just a descriptive word just like the new one. Pises me off that I am helping to pay their wages.

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    terry Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    What the hell will we call these senators now?? This is retarded!!!

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    Victor Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    This is crazy… in 20 years the term “itellectual disability” will be unsavory and socially unacceptable and we will have to change it again. Changing the wording gives more “power” to the word instead of its initial defined intention.