Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Morality   posted by Razib @ 1/03/2007 11:49:00 PM

Below we were talking about morality, and where it comes from. Check out this story:
The reason for the controversy is this: three years ago, when Ashley began to display early signs of puberty, her parents instructed doctors to remove her uterus, appendix and still-forming breasts, then treat her with high doses of oestrogen to stunt her growth.

In other words, Ashley was sterilised and frozen in time, for ever to remain a child. She was only 6.


Afflicted with a severe brain impairment known as static encephalopathy, she cannot walk, talk, keep her head up in bed or even swallow food. Her parents argued that "keeping her small" was the best way to improve the quality of her life, not to make life more convenient for them.

In other news, I've just spent considerably more than a "the cost of a cup of coffee every day" [over a year] on surgery for my cat. I don't regret it at all, it was the "right thing to do." No need for casuistry here.