Routine Neonatal Circumcision: Symbol of the Birth of the Therapeutic State
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1996 Apr; 21(2): 137-148.
The religious justification for male circumcision proffered by Jewish and Islamic parents is frequently overlooked in current secular (medical/hygienic) discussions that (1) challenge the moral justification of this ancient practice, and (2) question the decisions of today's parents who are committed, on the basis of their religious beliefs, to continue this practice. This paper reviews critically these conflicting values and arguments and calls for compromise in the face of potential state intervention to coerce parents to abandon this practice.
Behavior Control; Circumcision; Coercion; Consent; Disease; Ethics; Females; Freedom; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Historical Aspects; Informed Consent; International Aspects; Islamic Ethics; Jewish Ethics; Males; Medicine; Minors; Male Circumcision; Newborns; Parental Consent; Parents; Patient Care; Preventive Medicine; Regulation; Religion; Sexuality; Social Control; Values;
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