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There's a legitimate medical technique wherein severely disabled children are given a battery of hormones and surgical procedures designed to halt their development forever. It was designed in 2006 by Dr. Daniel Gunther, and faced a moderate amount of controversy. When the idea was first proposed, critics argued that it violates several laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and even the 14th Amendment of the goddamn Constitution, and amendments are, like, super-laws. Nevertheless, they went ahead and did this crazy mad scientist s**t on a bunch of people anyway. Why would anyone want this? Because caring for a tiny disabled person is a lot easier than caring for a grown-ass adult disabled person. And if they're likely to retain the mental age of a child for their entire life, then why not? Aside from violating essentially all the fundamental rights of a human being, why not?
The most famous recipient of the treatment, benignly called "growth attenuation therapy," was a six-year-old known to the media only as "Ashley." Born with cerebral palsy, Ashley couldn't hold her own head up and had to be fed through a tube. Her parents, fearing they wouldn't be able to carry her around as an adult, decided to subject her to the controversial treatment, which involves hormone therapy to stunt her growth, as well as major surgery to remove both her breasts and her uterus. Now, thanks to incredibly invasive and medically unnecessary surgery, she'll be a child forever! Isn't that ... something?
Seen here looking just a smidge different than your average 18-year-old.
Ricky's parents used estradiol to prematurely mature his bones so that no matter how old he got, he'd remain a child in appearance. At seven years old, he was still only 37 pounds, and his parents are greatly relieved they won't have to strain too much to take care of Ricky when he gets older.
While there's no doubt that disabled people are easier to care for when they can fit in your pocket, the major criticism is that this prioritizes the comfort of caretakers over the rights of the human being being physically transformed by risky medical procedures that they're in no position to consent to. You gotta admit, that's a pretty one-sided argument.
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