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Should Parents of Children with Severe Disabilities Be Allowed to Stop Growth? (nytimes.com)
13 points by teslacar on Mar 18, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

This seems like one of those things that until you actually experience, you have no right to form an opinion.

I suspect that if all those people against it actually took care of an adult disabled person, they would rapidly change their position.

If our country gave more assistance to caregivers of the disabled I might have more of a problem with this, but as it is I think that, while not ideal and ideally a last resort, everyone should MTOFB if a family decides this is what they need to do to provide the best care for their child.

I'm really conflicted by this.

On one hand, I understand the intent. Severely mentally and/or physically ill people get treated horribly. So in order to be able to tend to them as long as possible, their family may want to... put them in that state. It's an act of compassion in order to take good care of them, like pretty much nobody else would.

On the other hand, oh my god this is invasive. I feel there are so many other things that are wrong with this, but the only word I can come to right now is "invasive".

My higher thinking understands the logic, but my gut won't allow me to agree with it.

Remember that your visceral reaction was shaped by evolution in an environment that was very different from modern civilization. So I'd say go with your higher thinking.

Fucking hell no. This is one of the most atrocious things I've read in a long time. It's deeply unethical, immoral, and a massive violation of bodily integrity.

It's horrible and shocking that this is allowed.

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