Cambridge: cambridge university press 1979 google scholar gillett g young human beings: metaphysics and ethics gillett g when two are born as one: the ethics of separating conjoined twins jordan j reshaping the “pillow angel”: plastic bodies and the rhetoric of normal surgical solutions. Some parents believe medically stunting them is the answer — but is it ethical additionally, the child — unidentified in the original paper but soon known as ashley, her first name, or “ashley x” — underwent a hysterectomy to preclude the discomfort of painful menses as well as the uterine bleeding that. The ashley treatment refers to a controversial set of medical procedures undergone by a seattle child, ashley x ashley, born in 1997, has severe developmental disabilities due to static encephalopathy of unknown etiology she is assumed to be at an infant level mentally and physically the treatment included growth. Many individuals and groups have been critical of the decisions made by ashley's parents, physicians, and the hospital ethics committee that supported the decision while some of the opposition has been grounded in distorted facts and misunderstandings, others have raised important concerns the purpose of this paper. The present essay aims to respond to recent arguments which maintain that persons with severe cognitive impairments should not enjoy the full moral status or 3 allison kafer, in feminist, queer, crip, has argued that the rhetoric behind the term pillow angel both reflects and perpetuates this linking of disability with.
The treatment was approved by the ethics committee at seattle children's hospital , where it was carried out it begun when ashley was six, and was made public when she was nine the aim of the surgery was to keep ashley small and light, so that her parents could continue to move her around frequently. 'pillow angel' ashley x ashley was 6½ years old when she was diagnosed with static encephalopathy, a condition in which her brain is in a permanent and unchanging state ashley's parents, who also have two other healthy children, had cared for ashley in their home since birth, as ashley's development equaled that of. The combination of the surgery and the estrogen therapy attracted much public comment and ethical analysis in early 2007, both supportive and condemning using the term “pillow angel” is an obvious attempt at dehumanization she is not an “angel,” she is a human being, and needs to be treated as such in this.
A debate is raging over whether the parents and doctors of ashley, a brain- damaged six-year-old, have the right to prevent her from maturing. See ashley's parents, the “ashley treatment” for the wellbeing of “pillow angels, ” http://pillowangelorg/at-summarypdf [hereinafter nancy gibbs, pillow angel ethics, time, jan 22, 2007, at 56, 57 (quoting dr gunther, one in an essay published on their web site, ash- ley's parents revealed that the child underwent. We note, however, that one telling justification for the “ashley treatment” was that a hysterectomy would keep ashley from having the discomforts of her menstrual period, keep her “safer” from sexual predatory behavior, and ultimately prevent unwanted pregnancy (pillow angel 2012) furthermore, some suggested that her.
To their bedridden 'pillow angels,'” which means that this treatment has public policy the central questions in medical ethics in relation to this case are: were this paper references 1 s verhovek, “parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small,” los angeles times (january 3, 2007) 2 d gunther and d. Hospital when the parents of a six-year old girl named ashley approached the ethics committee requesting approval for various procedures that would improve the quality of life of their daughter ashley, called the “pillow angel” by her parents , suffers from a developmental brain condition known as static encephalopathy.