I really have nothing to add.

Ashley is a brain-damaged girl whose parents feared that as she got bigger, it would be much harder to care for her; so they set out to keep her small. Through high-dose estrogen treatment over the past two years, her growth plates were closed and her prospective height reduced by about 13 inches, to 4’5″. “Ashley’s smaller and lighter size,” her parents write on their blog “makes it more possible to include her in the typical family life and activities that provide her with needed comfort, closeness, security and love: meal time, car trips, touch, snuggles, etc.” They stress that the treatment’s goal was “to improve our daughter’s quality of life and not to convenience her caregivers.”

But the treatment went further: doctors removed her uterus to prevent potential discomfort from menstrual cramps or pregnancy in the event of rape; and also her breast tissue, because of a family history of cancer and fibrocystic disease. Not having breasts would also make the harness straps that hold her upright more comfortable. “Ashley has no need for developed breasts since she will not breast feed,” her parents argue, “and their presence would only be a source of discomfort to her.”

Holy shit. And people call me a weirdo for supporting infanticide.

5 thoughts on “Uh…

  1. muflax (@muflax) June 1, 2012 at 21:09

    First reaction: the fuck?!

    Second reaction: you know, from a certain perspective, this is kinda neat. The doctors are probably right, her brain function won’t recover and this will likely improve her quality of life. Heck, removing the uterus to avoid cramps? That’s awesome! I’m all in favor of removing useless or inconvenient body parts. I’d totally sign up for stuff like that if it were practical.

    Third reaction: the fuck am I saying?! They’re treating this as an engineering problem with some status quo constraints. That’s exactly the attitude of bureaucrats that “only do what the system demands” to commit evil on a massive scale! At some point, you have to stop and consider if the problem you’re trying to solve *is even worth solving*.

    Fourth reaction: sigh. Seen too much awful stuff today. Someone slip this planet a few barbiturates and peacefully euthanize us all. We clearly aren’t in control. It’s only for the best.

    Last reaction: saved as new go-to example why “treat at all costs” is insane.

    • Francois Tremblay June 1, 2012 at 22:25

      “Someone slip this planet a few barbiturates”

      Welcome to misanthropic antinatalism. :)

  2. Bedelia Bloodyknuckle June 1, 2012 at 21:20

    I saw this…….I honestly think it is fucked up! If she was mentally capable of speaking, she would probably not consent to this type of thing!

  3. Ray July 26, 2012 at 12:11

    As a profoundly disabled female myself, I do approve of the “Ashley Treatment” because I feel it’s better than the alternative. I grew to an adult height of just a bit taller than what Ashley grew to with her treatment. It is easier for me at this level of disability to be child sized rather than adult sized. I am glad, under the circumstances, that I didn’t grow taller than I did. It just seems a bit more dignified. People like Ashley and myself are never going to be mentally mature enough to function in regular life so having a body that’s physically mature is just a slap in the face. If we developed the typical mature female body we’d never be able to use it anyway…so what we are looking for in our circumstance is to maximize comfort and dignity. We don’t need to be subjected to periods as we can never get pregnant. Keep in mind also many severely disabled are in diapers or end up in diapers. It’s just more…dignified…if you have to be in diapers, not to be mature down there. Of course the main thing is that our parents should not have had us in the first place, should not have ever subjected us to living like this. (I know because of my high verbal ability, people might think I’m not being honest when I talk about myself being disabled profoundly. I do have high verbal skills and am intelligent in some areas but I do not function in other ways. I do not live a normal life at all.)

    • Francois Tremblay July 26, 2012 at 20:58

      Yea… we’re not gonna agree on that one. It’s easy for you to say that now that you’re an adult, but a little child cannot give consent to such a life.

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