Routine (Non-Religious) Neonatal Circumcision and Bodily Integrity: A Transatlantic Dialogue

@article{Dekkers2009RoutineN,
  title={Routine (Non-Religious) Neonatal Circumcision and Bodily Integrity: A Transatlantic Dialogue},
  author={W. J. M. Dekkers},
  journal={Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={19},
  pages={125 - 146}
}
  • W. Dekkers
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • Medicine
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
In the current debate about the pros and cons of routine (nonreligious) 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… 
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