You may or may not be familiar with the story of Katie Thorpe, a 15 year old who was born with cerebral palsy. Katie’s Mum is so distressed by the thought of her daughter menstruating that she wants to have her daughters womb removed to avoid any ‘further indignity’ for her daughter.
I find this alarming. For a whole heap of reasons. Not least because there is no medical necessity for it. The underlying reasoning of the Mother appears to be little more than a maternal inconvenience. I know this is a delicate topic, but not to put too fine a point on it, I presume that Katie’s bowels are still intact despite her regularly passing bowel movements? Can it really be any more undignified to care for her daughters naturally functioning menstruating body than to attend to her toilet needs?
According to the linked article, Katie’s Mum has also asked a surgeon to remove Katie’s appendix so as to avoid any possibilty of appendicitus at any point during her daughters lifetime….well heck, why not remove katie’s ears so as to avoid ear ache, her lungs so as to avoid lung disease….or maybe her heart, to avoid the possibility of a cardiac?
What on earth is going to be left of the girl if her Mum has her way?
And I’m not even getting started on a persons right to being open to life, even if through some medical or mental incapacity, they are unable to receive the blessing of a child.
Lord, have Mercy!