You can read her parents blog hereÂ and judge for yourself.Â To simplify it a bit, a snapshot of the situation is, that three years ago, at a time when Ashley started to show signs of early onset of puberty, her parents made the decision to have her uterus, appendix and still-forming breasts removed and to have her treated with a high dosage hormone treatment to stunt her growth.
Honestly, I don’t know what to think, other than realizing it is a difficult situation and one that has decisions and consequences I am so happy that I am able to only contemplate and not have to actually make myself.Â
At first, I was a bitÂ outraged at the idea.Â On the surface, it seemed to be something that was done more for the benefit of the caregivers than what was in the best interest of the child.
But as I read their blog and realized that there are benefits to Ashley as well, my stance backed down.Â Not completely, and part of me still feels like their reasons are more “justifications” for the decisions they made.Â Don’t get me wrong, I do not at all belive they made the decision they made with anything but the best of intentions, and I believe that they believe they made the best choice they could for Ashley.
That really still doesn’t (in my head so far anyway) completely remove the ethical questions involved.Â Trying to say I could decide for sure what I would do in their situation would be a lie.Â Â
So what do you think?Â Would you follow the same course Ashley’s parents did?Â Do you believe wht they did was unethical?Â I will take an answer of “I don’t know” as well, since so far that is the best answer I can muster.Â