A recent article in the New York Times (March 24, 2016) focuses on the contentious issue of the purposeful administration of estrogens to developmentally-disabled children to limit their growth, the rationale being they are easier to care for in adult life if they are smaller in size. Estrogen causes closure of the growth plate (physis) limiting the linear growth of the long bones. Though relatively rare in the past, it is being used with more frequency sparking passionate debates between the parents of such children as to its ethics and possible harm.