Religious circumcision, invasive rites, neutrality and equality:bearing the burdens and consequences of belief

Johnson, Matthew (2013) Religious circumcision, invasive rites, neutrality and equality:bearing the burdens and consequences of belief. Journal of Medical Ethics, 39 (7). pp. 450-455. ISSN 0306-6800

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Abstract

The decision of the German regional court in Cologne on 26 June 2012 to prohibit the circumcision of minors is important insofar as it recognises the qualitative similarities between the practice and other prohibited invasive rites, such as female genital cutting. However, recognition of similarity poses serious questions with regard to liberal public policy, specifically with regard to the exceptionalist treatment demanded by certain circumcising groups. In this paper, I seek to advance egalitarian means of dealing with invasive rites which take seriously cultural diversity, minimise harm and place responsibility for the burdens and consequences of beliefs upon those who promote practices.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Medical Ethics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2719
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 65862
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2013 11:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 08:34
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/65862

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