In essence, Katie’s mother and mother’s partner are her primary caregivers and to protect Katie from the “indignity” of having a period, Katie’s mom wants her daughter to have a hysterectomy. Katie is not judged able to communicate for herself. Hmm, doesn’t this sound familiar? Where have we heard this before? —FRIDA
Katie Thorpe, a 15 y/o girl living in England, now faces the possibility of having Ashley X type treatments (hormones, hysterectomies, etc to stop menustration and the possibility of having children) so that it will be easier to take care of her. Because she has CP and learning disabilities, she is having no say over her body.
What’s most frusterating about this is that A.) people are once again pitting the problem on the person’s disability, B.) Ashley X was a horrible horrible injustice but many parents saw it/are seeing it as a viable option, C.) the media and public’s automatic sympathy and support for this, and D.) the fact that we live in a world where if you have a disability (and particularly, are a woman), being institutionalized, murdered, or having body parts removed is seen as a GOOD solution, rather than home-based services and a more accessible society.
How can we organize around this, people? Please let me know if you post about this so we can keep all the responses together.