Thursday, 18 January 2007

Frozen in Time: The Ashley Case

It's not surprising that Ashley's story has sparked so much controversy.

Ashley is the nine year old brain-damaged girl whose parents have opted for medical treatment to keep her "frozen in time", for her own benefit. The parents have written about the difficult choice they made, and some people have expressed their support.

Others, like British disability organization Scope, have voiced their disapproval for what they consider the abuse of Ashley's human rights. Scope has launched a campaign to prevent a similar situation from arising in the UK. More about the campaign here.

I don't, however, see the issues in this case in black and white. And I'd ask anyone to walk the proverbial mile in Ashley's parents' shoes, before criticizing them.

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