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Short Changed? the Law and Ethics of Male Circumcision

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Routine neonatal male circumcision has failed to excite medico-legal attention. This chapter focuses on the related failure to engage in a full cost/benefit analysis of the practice and the harm it causes to boy children. It starts by outlining how routine male circumcision has come to be debated in contemporary ethical, professional and legal literature. Particular attention is devoted to the privileging of parental choice, notwithstanding documented medical risks and the absence of conclusive evidence of medical benefit. The chapter suggests that the medico-legal failure to take seriously the risks involved is understandable if we recognise that the concept of harm is inherently fluid and that pain is often incapable of articulation. It explores this process of constructing harm through a consideration of the law's response to circumcision in the leading case of Brown and in the Law Commission's recommendations on circumcision in its report Consent in the Criminal Law.

Keywords: ethical literature; medico-legal attention; neonatal male circumcision



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