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  • Writer's pictureHayim Leiter

Making The Ethical Cut

Updated: May 30



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Circumcision is “morally impermissible” according to the latest publishing of the American Journal of Bioethics. “Accordingly, social change efforts [...] should aim to protect all nonconsenting persons, regardless of sex or gender, from medically unnecessary genital cutting. We do not suggest that criminal sanctions are necessarily an appropriate mechanism for pursuing such efforts, especially insofar as such sanctions tend to be selectively applied to members of already-marginalized groups. Rather, clear ethical statements from professional medical bodies; social campaigns geared toward education and consciousness-raising; respectful debate and dialogue among interested parties; moral and material support for dissenters from within practicing communities; and non-hypocritical cross-cultural engagement will be important for making sustainable progress.” Since there is a call for respectful debate and dialogue, which is rare in the anti-circumcision movement, I feel compelled to answer the call.


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