Monday, March 19, 2012
The Mutilation Continues
Back in 2007, I wrote about Ashley a young girl from Seattle who had decisions made for her that forever altered the course of her life. The pictures to the right, courtesy of The Guardian, show Ashley in 2007 and again in 2011.
A Tale of Two Ashleys
A Tale of Two Ashleys, Continued
A Year After the Mutilation
As I wrote back then, "She had no say in whether or not she wanted her uterus removed, her breast buds and milk glands removed and massive doses of hormones injected into her. She had no say as to whether she wanted to remain a child for the rest of her life or wanted to grow and mature like every other young girl. As her siblings grow, she will forever remain a young child. She will watch her parents grow old and will perhaps wonder why everyone around her changes but she does not. All of these decisions were made for her by her parents, parents who decided these things were in her best interest."
The debates were many and heated, and they live on today. They live on because parents are quietly also doing the same thing to their children. Both boys and girls. The parents hope no one finds out, but The Guardian in the UK did, and their articles are listed below. I urge you all to read them and express your opinions on this matter.
Rise of The Ashley Treatment Continues
Ashley Treatment on the Rise Amid Concerns from Disability Rights Groups