Does informed choice make it OK?
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|Tue, 10-20-2009 - 11:11am|
I got the idea for this from another debate board talking about parental choice and informed choice. Circumcision was actually brought up in that discussion but I feel many there don't want to discuss circ, they want to discuss the actual topic of that board.
So I am bringing it here. I know we've discussed it in the past, but thought it would be good to re-hash the subject, especially with a few newcomers that are at least lurking on our board. Maybe they will chime in as well.
If a parent is completely informed about all the risks that circumcision entails to their infant son, and still chooses to have them circ'd, does that make it ok?
If not, how is circumcision different than other parental decisions (ie. breastfeeding/formula, vaccinations, face down/face up sleeping, co-sleeping, etc) where one or more options carry risk to the infant/child yet parental choice is more readily recognized? In your opinion, why should parental choice not be recognized in regards to circumcision?
If yes to the first question, how does being informed about the risks mitigate the actual risks to the child? In what way does parental choice supercede infant risk (in circumcision or any topic)? When (if at all) does infant risk supercede parental choice?