So on a pediatric rotation, I had the pleasure of meeting a product of a brother-sister relationship. The brother-sister parents in question from an intellectual point of view are not completely there and receive government support to function on a daily basis. Needless to say, the poor child of the relationship has all sorts of problems with intellect, health and pain. On my current rotation there is another lady who takes her mentally challenged daughter to get a depo shot on a regular basis. Her intent is to prevent anyone who might take advantage of her daughter to impregnate her with a child destined to be mentally incapacitated and unable to be cared for by the mother.
I know there has been a history of forced contraception of the mentally challenged under eugenics and nazi germany, but it seems that a mother’s concern is not even in the same category of intent as the previous two forces. I feel it would a be grave insult to the mother in question if we even began to compare the three. If the parents of the of the brother and sisters had anticipated what was going on behind their backs, would it have been alright for them to institute some form of birth control on their children?
thanks and peace!