Between prophylaxis and child abuse

the ethics of neonatal male circumcision.

Michael G Benatar, David Benatar

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Abstract

Opinion about neonatal male circumcision is deeply divided. Some take it to be a prophylactic measure with unequivocal and significant health benefits, while others consider it a form of child abuse. We argue against both these polar views. In doing so, we discuss whether circumcision constitutes bodily mutilation, whether the absence of the child's informed consent makes it wrong, the nature and strength of the evidence regarding medical harms and benefits, and what moral weight cultural considerations have. We conclude that nontherapeutic circumcision of infant boys is a suitable matter for parental discretion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalThe American journal of bioethics : AJOB
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Between prophylaxis and child abuse : the ethics of neonatal male circumcision. / Benatar, Michael G; Benatar, David.

In: The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, Vol. 3, No. 2, 01.01.2003, p. 35-48.

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