On the Impermissibility of Infant Male Circumcision: A Response to Mazor (2013)

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On the impermissibility of infant male circumcision: A response to Mazor (2013)
Ungar-Sargon, E.
Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Sep., 2013), pp. 186-90
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This is a response to Dr Joseph Mazor’s paper ‘The child’s interests and the case for the permissibility of male infant circumcision.’ I argue that Dr Mazor fails to prove that bodily integrity and self-determination are mere interests as opposed to genuine rights in the case of infant male circumcision. Moreover, I cast doubt on the interest calculus that Dr Mazor employs to arrive at his conclusions about circumcision.