British actor and television presenter Adam Pearson explained his fears in an interview with The Telegraph, a U.K. newspaper, that was published Wednesday.
Referring to his native nation’s past with the selective breeding of human beings, Pearson, who has an incurable genetic condition called neurofibromatosis, said he would have been a “goner” if he were born around the turn of the 20th century.
“I’d have never seen outside a set of railings again,” Pearson said. “All the things I take for granted as a disabled man in 2019 — popping around the corner for milk, going to the pub, hanging out with non-disabled people, even being with a woman unsupervised — would just not be options for me.”
After passage of 1913 Mental Deficiency Act in England, many disabled people were placed in institutions and sanitariums, where they endured horrific abuse.