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AP, CNN note disability protest of ‘Ashley Treatment’

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January 11th, 2007

Coverage of the story of “Ashley,” the 9-year-old severely disabled Seattle girl whose parents OK’d a series of operations stunting her growth, is starting to shift as disability activists escalate their actions
Today, as announced yesterday, disability activists protested outside offices of the American Medical Assn. The Associated Press’s Lindsey Tanner has already filed a report, […]

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Will media note U.S. disability groups’ ‘Ashley’ response?

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January 9th, 2007

In the wake of the wave of worldwide news coverage and commentary on the decision of a Seattle couple to have doctors perform a series of operations to stunt the growth of their 9-year-old daughter to ensure she’d be easier to manage in coming years, U.S. disability groups began issuing statements denouncing the procedure […]

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Ashley’s Treatment in the Media (With Update)

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January 5th, 2007

The most recent act in the ongoing circus that seems to almost routinely surround disability issues in the media is the doctors-and-ethicists show about the 9-year-old Seattle girl, Ashley, whose parents coyly won’t let themselves be identified, but who have chosen to have doctors perform operations to keep her an eternal child.
Written that […]

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Mothers Who Kill

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June 13th, 2006

Outside of Ilinois, there hadn’t been much notice at all of the May 13 death of 3-year-old Katie McCarron at the hand of her mother, Dr. Karen McCarron (who confessed to police), until the opeds started appearing.
Police have charged McCarron, 37, with murder after she admitted she took her daughter to the home of […]

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The ‘lawsuit happy crip’ story they’ve been waiting for

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May 12th, 2006

Do a Google News search on “Laura Lee Medley” and you get 2 hits — but there are over 200 separate news outlets running those 2 stories. And that’s just today. The number will multiply — count on it. And we haven’t even mentioned the blogosphere, which is having a field day with the story […]

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Little Girls Suffer From Tiny Tim J-School Model

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May 8th, 2006

A story from Friday’s New York Times shows us how far little girls with disabilities still have to go to get reporters to understand that their problems aren’t so much their disabilities as the reporter’s attitudes.
The story is “Given a Chance to Be Little Ballerinas, and Smiling Right Down to Their Toes” (the […]

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Justified! Medical Poobahs Now Say CFS is ‘Real’

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April 30th, 2006

People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) “have a genetic make up that affects the body’s ability to adapt to change. ” Articles in the April issue of Pharmacogenomics seem to clarify for the first time the clearly genetic — that is, biological — basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
This is good news: good that […]

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Silence = Consent? Boredom? A Hoax? And can we figure it out anyway?

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April 26th, 2006

I had wanted to start my blogging here on WIMN’s Voices with a less gruesome, a less politically incorrect issue. I really really did. But the news — or, in this case, not the news — is out there, and it is, after all, a disability rights issue:
This morning I got an email from one […]

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