• ashley treatment,  ashley-x,  disability rights,  Uncategorized

    >The Ashley Treatment is back

    >I will write more about this later because this is a story that needs addressing.  I need some time to think on it though. But I’ve just read that the Ashley Treatment has been decided by an ethics committee to be “Morally Permissible” in certain circumstances.  See: “Stunting disabled children’s growth is ‘morally permssible” group says” (h/t to BendyGirl). They only looked at growth attenuation and not all the other issues that were involved in the treatment of Ashley X.  The very idea of it makes me feel sick however. Other entries I’ve written about The Ashley Treatment and about Ashley X All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012…

  • ashley treatment,  current affairs,  disability,  look great in 2008,  Losin' It,  Uncategorized

    >Look Great in 2008

    >It’s Wednesday.  And on Wednesdays I check in for Tales from the Scales. My scales seem to be broken because they wanted me to think I had lost 40lb in one week.  One week, people!  totally not possible, although a lovely number to see!  So I suspect a new battery will be being bought at the weekend or maybe some new scales. I’ve still been pretty  crazy busy over the last week, travelling all over the country to see friends and having a surprise visit from another friend.  So I haven’t been focusing too much on the weight loss thang.  And I have been drinking cocktails.  Cocktails are yummy and…

  • ashley treatment,  current affairs,  disability,  Uncategorized

    >Ashley’s Back

    >Well, it looks as though the Ashley Treatment is about to hit the headlines again. A quick trip thru the blogosphere suggests that no one else has mentioned this yet and maybe no one else cares. But I do. A mother has asked that her 15 year old CPer daughter undergoes an unnecessary hysterectomy. Different sources online suggest that the surgery is “being considered by the doctors” and that “a doctor has agreed and is seeking legal advice/permission”. From The Times: A severely disabled teenager’s womb may be removed to improve her quality of life, and not because it is medically necessary, in what is thought to be a British…

  • ashley treatment,  awareness,  CP related,  current affairs,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >The Ashley Treatment

    >In case you haven’t heard about it this is a link to Ashley’s parents website which explains what they had done to her and their reasoning behind it. It makes some very interesting reading. The short version is that Ashley X is 9 years old and has profound physical and learning disabilities. Her parents love her dearly (that much is clear from their writing) and call her their “Pillow Angel”. They have taken steps medically to ensure that she remains in a prepubescent state forever. It’s not something I agree with and it is something I am glad wasn’t done to me. However they did do what they think is…