Family court allows parents to sterilize their severely disabled daughter in Australia

You can read the judgment here.

http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/resources/file/eb204741ce4e7c0/2010_FamCA_98.pdf

And here are some news articles.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/parents-win-bid-to-sterilise-daughter-20100309-ptlf.html

http://mikiverse.blogspot.com/2010/03/disabled-girl-can-be-sterilised-court.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1256806/Australian-court-allows-parents-sterilise-11-year-old-daughter.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/7405283/Parents-win-right-to-have-disabled-daughter-11-sterilised.html

Growth attenuation therapy in Australia?

A law firm newsletter in Australia has done a detailed legal analysis on growth attenuation for disabled children because “there is anecdotal evidence that such requests by parents may be increasing.”

 http://hwlebsworth.ensoconsultancy.com.au/health_sept09/growth-attenuation-therapy.html 

They advise doctors to consider its ethical appropriateness cautiously and warn them not to agree to provide the therapy without the proper legal procedures to obtain valid authorization for the treatment. But this all sounds so matter of fact and worries me. I hope this does not mean that an international growth attenuation experiment has already been started.

The new growth attenuation paper by Dr. Diekema, Dr. Fost with others

I read the full text of the growth-attenuation paper written by Dr. Diekema and Dr. Fost with others in the June issue of the Pediatrics. So many questions and mysteries again. I will point out some of them here for now. Some of the questions and mysteries will be reviewed more closely in my future posts.

1. The authors’ definition of profound cognitive disability “for purpose of growth-attenuation therapy” is not totally about cognitive disabilities but mostly about physical disabilities. It disguises the fact that growth attenuation is in fact a therapy that addresses problems caused by severe physical disabilities, not by cognitive disabilities, which they have been using as a convenient excuse for justification. But maybe we should also note that the authors didn’t forget to add “for present time” when they wrote that it should be limited to children with profound cognitive disability.

2. Their justification for excluding hysterectomy and breast bud removal from discussion is something like this: Criticism was mostly targeted at hysterectomy and breast bud removal in the Ashley case controversy in 2007 (implying maybe that growth attenuation was not all that criticized and pretty much approved?), and in addition, growth attenuation does not necessarily accompany the other two interventions. But these are lame excuses. Continue reading

Seclusions and Restraints: Selected Cases of U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers

out today
May 19, 2009

Seclusions and Restraints: Selected Cases of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers
GAO-09-719T, May 19, 2009

Children, especially those with disabilities, are reportedly being restrained and secluded in public and private schools and other facilities, sometimes resulting in injury and death. The…..
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