Pax (funcrunch) wrote,

The "Ashley Treatment" and medical ethics

On a much more serious note than my previous post: After watching last week's episode of Law and Order and discussing it and a related episode on Usenet, I've been reading about the "Ashley Treatment", a series of medical procedures on a severely disabled child to keep her small and easier to care for. The treatment was extremely controversial and actually later deemed illegal (by Washington State standards) as it was not approved by a court order. The (anonymous) parents however said they only had the best interests of their daughter in mind, and defended their decision in a detailed blog entry.

Cases of medical ethics like this are often of interest to me. What do you think?

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