May 28, 2012
Treatment against Rights
A report is shedding new evidence that support systems use treatments to change people with physical/mental challenges. This report studied cases where support systems have tried to block puberty from occurring or not allowed their children to have treatments to save lives. This report is the first to examine this type of information.
“The thought of doctors and guardians, together, deciding to remove the body parts and stunt the growth of a child based on assumptions about their awareness and quality of life is shocking and disgusting,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, an umbrella group for the protection and advocacy organizations in each state which produced the report.
Representatives at the National Disability Rights Network are very worried about the procedure. Their concern first became clear when a girl named Ashley was the first to have this procedure done. She has many serious physical/mental challenges and her procedure was done in 2006.
Debate stems from the morals of Ashley’s treatment. Her support system contends she is small and weak. This is the primary reason to have this procedure completed.