Routine (non-religious) neonatal circumcision and bodily integrity: a transatlantic dialogue.
SourceKennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 19, 2, (2009), pp. 125-146
Article / Letter to editor
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Centre for Quality of Care Research
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
SubjectNCEBP 5: Health care ethics
In the current debate about the pros and cons of routine (non-religious) neonatal circumcision (RNC), the emphasis is on medical justifications for the practice. Questions of human rights also are widely discussed. However, even if the alleged medical benefits of RNC were to outweigh the harms and risks, this is not a sufficient justification for RNC. The practice of RNC is questionable from a variety of viewpoints including not only the ideal of evidence-based medicine and human rights considerations, but also the notion of respect for bodily integrity.
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