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VeryGnawty:

--- Quote from: 4years on July 02, 2005, 04:12:15 pm ---Given that child can’t speak for themselves yet. The option for a (presumably) normal life is available.  What should be done? The majority of babies born with those parts desire those parts. Logically, the best choice is the make those parts “normal”.

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I have yet to see a whit of evidence suggesting the physical or metaphysical benefits of being "normal" that don't involve an avoidance of pain and suffering which are brought about by the very concept of "normal" in the first place.

Dave98557:
When I was a child of 7 or 8, my breasts started to develope.  The Doctor decided I should have a series of testosterone injections. 

I was diagnosed with "rage' problems at 9. 
I started shaving at 10, had profuse body and chesthair at 12. 
Had such extreme emotional problems that I left home at 13.

Doctors now tell me that my spine was deformed because my muscles were too developed, too early and the bones couldn't support the load.

When I related this recently to a Doctor, eh said, "Oh, we've learned much better than that.  We'd never do that nowadays!"

Hmmm.

"They" are still assigning gender at birth!  People are still listening to Doctors as if they were Gods... and too many Doctors think they are Gods!

If it were my child, I'd leave it til they could choose.

beth:

--- Quote ---The majority of babies born with those parts desire those parts. Logically, the best choice is the make those parts “normal”.
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i would agree except this baby is not average/normal so the chances of getting it right are dimished greatly.

Terra:
Actually, it depends on the time the dose was given. I have recently read that if the mother accidently takes to much steroids( medically perscribed for achs and pains) then the unborn child could suffer. If the child is male, the male organ could do any number of things from grow to big, to becoming deformed. On the flip side, a female baby could, if given before the 18th week i think, develop a complete male genitilia.
From the story i would guess that the child was originally female. To what degree the parents had a say could be questioned. As perhaps the injections were given without the parents noticing. In my ward, not always is the father present, and the mother never gets a good look at the baby untill it is handed to her. Thus, the doctor could reasonbly come up with an excuse to give the baby isolation for any number of reasons to cover up the mistake.
I truly hope that this scenario is a product of my overactive imagination, but in theory it could happen like this. Scary thoughts either way, i'd raise the child untill the child decided who he/she wanted to be. After all, is not the child the one to live with the choice?

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