Cultural Circumcision in EU Public Hospitals - An Ethical Discussion

  title={Cultural Circumcision in EU Public Hospitals - An Ethical Discussion},
  author={Margherita Brusa and Y. M. Barilan},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Bioethics},
  • M. Brusa, Y. Barilan
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Bioethics
The paper explores the ethical aspects of introducing cultural circumcision of children into the EU public health system. We reject commonplace arguments against circumcision: considerations of good medical practice, justice, bodily integrity, autonomy and the analogy from female genital mutilation. From the unique structure of patient-medicine interaction, we argue that the incorporation of cultural circumcision into EU public health services is a kind of medicalization, which does not fit the… 

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