I never said the parents are bad people. At the end of the day, they made the decision they felt was best for their child. Yet, even without walking a mile in their shoes, I do have to question it.
It's true that, say, a hysterectomy is not that rare of a procedure, and that this girl will never be able to (willingly) have children, nor does she have any practical use for developed breasts. But I have to question whether a smaller, more childlike body is really more "dignified."
Jim, it could be that you're right, and that it is a matter of geographic variance- but at the home health care agency I worked for, medicaid provided for the most comprehensive care available out of our three coverage options (those being medicare, which offers next to nothing, medicaid, and private insurance). I guess it's true though that I shouldn't be offended because I am not in their situation. I guess there is a part of me that feels like its more a trust issue on the parents part, which I guess I also can't fault them with... it's just a knee-jerk reaction on my part as a healthcare worker when I hear somebody talking about removing body parts so that people belonging to my profession won't abuse their child.
Also, Jim... the question of who is going to care for this child later in life exists no matter what her size is. I agree that her smaller size will make it possible for them to care for her later than what might otherwise be possible, but they did say this child is expected to have a normal life span.
I guess at the end, I'm with Karen. To me, it feels wrong. I'm not really necessarily saying the parents are wrong, because I do think it's a situation that has a lot of nuance, and I can see both sides. And maybe it just feels wrong because it's new, I don't know. I feel very conflicted.